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Motorcycling in Europe - The Laws

13
February
2004
  Posted at 11:42:07 AM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Paris, France

In preparation for the upcoming motorcycle season, for all of your bikers that are planning to ride your motorcycle in Europe, here are some legal pointers for some of the countries that might differ from where you are!

In all countries, it is mandatory to ride with a helmet !

Austria Belgium Denmark
You are required to buy a special tax sticker if you are going to use the autoroutes (the sticker is valid for the year). You can buy them at the border.

Speed is limited to 120 kph.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.049 percent.

There are some parts of the roads that are illegal for motorcycles.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
The autoroutes are free, but limited to 120 kph.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.05 percent.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
The autoroutes are free, but limited to 120 kph.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.08 percent.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
Finland France Germany
The autoroutes are free, but limited to 120 kph. Remember that in Finland, and Scandinavia, all cars are required to have their running lights on during the day, so don't mistake them for a motorcycle !

Permitted alcohol level is 0.05 percent.

Gas stations are spread out 50 kms in the South, 100 kms in the North.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
Autoroutes are limited to 130 kph (110 when it rains).

Permitted alcohol level is 0.05 percent.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
Lane splitting is illegal.

You must carry a first aid kit and spare light bulbs.

All autoroutes are free and there is no speed limit.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.05 percent.

There are some parts of the roads that are illegal for motorcycles.
Italy Netherlands Norway
Maximum speed limit is 150 kph on the autoroutes (not all of them). Radar control MUST be signaled in advanced.

There are some parts of the roads that are illegal for motorcycles.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.08 percent.

Access to the city center of Rome, Naples and Palermo is restricted between Monday and Friday (06h30-18h00) and Saturday (14h00-18h00) to special license holders.
The autoroutes are free, but limited to 120 kph.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.05 percent.
Permitted alcohol level is 0.02 percent. In other words, one beer is already too much !

Speed limit is 90 kph on the roads.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
Spain Switzerland United Kingdom
Motorcycles and sidecars are not allowed to have a trailer. It is also mandatory to have
   spare light bulbs for your front and rear lights.
UPDATE: Motorcycles are now allowed to tow trailers.

Speed limit is 120 kph on the autoroutes.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.05 percent.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
You are required to buy a special tax sticker if you are going to use the autoroutes (the sticker is valid for the year). You can buy them at the border. Speed is limited to 120 kph.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.08 percent.

It is mandatory to have your running lights on during the day and night.
Obviously the main point here is that you ride on the left, however, priority is from the right ! The maximum speed on two lane roads and autoroutes is 70 miles per hour (112 kph).

Parking on the sidewalk in London is not tolerated.

Permitted alcohol level is 0.35 grams per liter.

In Jersey and Guernesy islands, the speed limit is 56 kph



More Information:
Check my country information for bikers database >click here
Europe laws:Moto Europa.





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