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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic came into existence on the 1st January 1993 as a result of the division of Czechoslovakia into two new countries. The separation has been dubbed the "velvet divorce" and was achieved amicably between the two constituent parts of Czechoslovakia.

Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.

The speed limits in Czech Republic are:

On Motorways the limit is 130 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 80 miles per hour.

On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour that's 56 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.

Drivers face severe penalties if found driving under the influence of alcohol as the limit of alcohol in the blood is zero.

Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Czech Republic even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.

The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be 12 years old or over and more than 1.5m in height to occupy a front passenger seat.

Before you drive away check that your hire car has a warning triangle, a first aid kit, and a fire extinguisher as these must be carried in the Czech Republic.


These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Czech Republic. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.

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