DRIVING IN CZECH REPUBLIC

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • When driving in the Czech Republic remember that you have to drive on the right-hand side of the road.

  • All passengers and occupants must use seat belts. Children with a weight under 36kg and under 150cm in height are not permitted to travel in a vehicle unless using a suitable restraint system, adapted to their size and weight. A child seated in the front seats of a vehicle using a suitable child restraint system where the airbag is activated must travel facing forward.

  • You must be aged 18 or older and hold a valid driver’s license.

  • Drinking and driving are strictly forbidden and you will be penalized for anything above 0% blood alcohol level. You could get fined between 25,000 and 50,000 Czech crowns (CZK) and have your licence withdrawn for up to two years.

  • Passing lights (dipped headlights) must be used when visibility is poor due to bad weather conditions.

  • Third-party insurance is compulsory.

  • The use of mobile phones is prohibited whilst driving in the Czech Republic.

SPEED LIMITS

  • In built-up areas 31 mph (50 km/h)

  • Outside built-up areas 55 mph (90 km/h)

  • Motorways (for vehicles not exceeding 3500kg and buses) 80 mph (130 km/h)

  • On expressways that pass through built-up areas 50mph (80 km/h)

  • Maximum speed with snow chains 31 mph (50km/h)

  • At railway crossings, drivers must not exceed 18 mph (30 km/h) for 50m before the crossing. The arrival of a train is indicated by red flashing lights / red or yellow flags.

THINGS TO BRING ALONG

  • First-aid kit

  • A set of replacement bulbs

  • A set of replacement fuses

  • Warning triangle

  • Reflective jacket – EU standard EN471

  • The driver of a vehicle with 2 or more axles must carry a reflective waistcoat, it has to be worn in the event of a breakdown or emergency outside a built-up area, on all roads. It has to be worn when exiting the vehicle and must be kept within the car (not the boot).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • If you travel to the capital, Prague, you will be able to make the most of your time using Sixt car hire to take you around the city that is steeped in history and culture. There you can visit St Vitus’s Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle, Old-Town Hall, and the Astronomical Clock.


  • Also worth checking out in the Czech Republic is Teplice a beautiful spa town at the northern border, the bone church of Kunta Hora, the picturesque town of Telc and the stunning Natural Park Divoká šárka.

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