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In the UK, the motorway speed limit of 70Mph is just right, considering the fact that if you were in Germany, the speed limit for the auto-ban (if this is the correct spelling) is 100Mph or more, a racer’s dream.
I have just compiled a guide on motorway speed limits and rules and regulations across Europe.
Driving Licences; Minimum Ages; Children and seat belts. In all countries a full UK driving licence is required, where the minimum age for driving is 17. As in the UK, seat belts should be worn front and rear. Below are the regulations relating to countries, which differ from those in the UK.
Austria: EC model format UK Licences (i.e. pink or pink/green) accepted. Old style green licences are only accepted if accompanied by an identity document with a photograph e.g. passport. The minimum age for driving in Austria is 18. Children under 12 are forbidden to travel in the front seat without a child restraint in Austria.
France: The minimum age for driving is 18. Children under 10 are forbidden to travel in the front seat. Germany: The minimum age for driving is 17. Children under 12, (or less than 1.50m in height), are not allowed to travel in the front seat without a child restraint in Germany.
Italy: Holders of old style green licences require an International Driving Permit when driving any vehicle in Italy. Green style licences can be exchanged by completing DVLA form D1 from any post office. Once again, the minimum age for driving is 18.
Luxembourg: The minimum age is 18. The Netherlands: The minimum age is 18. Children under 3 must travel in the rear seat with a safety system adapted to their size. Children between 3-12 may travel in the front if they are in a special safety seat.
Spain: EC model format UK licences (i.e. pink or pink/green) accepted. Holders of old style green licences require an international Driving Permit when driving any vehicle in Spain. Green style licences can be exchanged by completing DVLA form D1 from any post office. Driver's minimum age 18.
Switzerland: The minimum age is 18. Children under 7 are forbidden to travel in the front seat without a child restraint.
Pay-as-you-go tolls are charged on most motorways in France, Spain, and Italy. Some examples for France are shown below. Tolls in Italy are roughly comparable for similar distances. Spain is about half as expensive. You can pay by credit card - you just hand over the card, nothing to sign and often no receipt unless you request one. On many motorways you can use the automatic booths if they display a Carte bleu sign - insert your card, wait for it to be returned and drive off. Otherwise make sure you have plenty of change available so you can use the automatic booths, although manual booths are always able to provide change.
Calais to Paris - about £12 Calais to Marseilles - about £42 Paris to Lyons - about £19 Paris to Nice - about £40 Paris to Bordeaux - about £28 Paris to Geneva - about £24 Caen to Paris - about £8 Nantes to Bordeaux - about £13 Mont Blanc Tunnel - about £11 single, £14 return - NOW CLOSED - opening date not advised.
Tolls are also charged in Switzerland and Austria for driving on the motorways. You buy a sticker at the border. In Switzerland this costs 40 Swiss Francs for the current year plus January in the next year, and in Austria 70 schillings for 1 week or 150 schillings for 2 months.
I'm not a "racer" but regularly cruise at around 125mph on German autobahns and feel quite safe doing so. German driving standards are light years ahead of ours, lane discipline, use of indicators etc. Cross the border into Poland though and de-restricted motorways would be even more lethal than in this country.
UK limits should be variable - we have some of the best M-ways in Europe, at 6.00a.m on a Sunday morning 125mph is quite safe. At 8.30a.m on M25 70mph is not safe.
christopherj84 16.05.2001 18:39
Good op. It is spelt autobahn. The US has minimum speed limits and this does help.
rambo 26.04.2001 17:53
Sorry about the mix up craig. I have just added the remaining information. Like i said, i compiled the information from varoius sources and i am yet to include the U.K. I will do this in due time.