Check motoring rules before driving in Europe

Wednesday 22 June 2011 | By Evolution InternetBack to Newsroom

Check motoring rules before driving in Europe

Individuals who regularly drive Toyota Hilux pickups on the continent may want to ensure they follow European driving regulations.

According to Car Parts Direct, Brits need to be aware that they could face a fine if they breach foreign rules.

The organisation cited a statement made by European Union transport commissioner Siim Kallas, which outlined how a new directive will lead to a clampdown on motorists who ignore the laws.

"Foreign drivers account for five per cent of traffic on Europe's roads, but 15 per cent of offences. If you are that driver, I have bad news. It's about to stop," Mr Kallas stated.

Brits need to ensure they display a GB sticker or they could be slapped with a 90 euro fine, while some countries require individuals to carry spare bulbs and warning triangles in case of an incident.

The AA recommends taking a valid full driving licence, with the paper counterpart, the original vehicle registration document, motor insurance certificate and a passport when travelling abroad by car.