THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN CZECH REPUBLIC AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL
• VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
• LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
• CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
• CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
• PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE LICENCE
• SPARE BULB KIT
• WARNING TRIANGLE
• FIRST AID KIT
• INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM
• FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Children in cars:
It is mandatory to use child restrain devices for occupants of cars younger than 18 years and smaller than 150 cm in height on rear seats.
Under 12 years and/or less than 1.5 metres not allowed in front.
Dipped headlights must be used at all times.
Drinking and Driving:
Don't do it. Drinking and Driving is not permitted.
Blood / Alcohol limit is 0mg. Czech law has a zero tolerance towards any amount of alcohol in a drivers’ blood stream
The Czech Republic was the first European country to make the wearing of seat belts compulsory.
You can park on most streets on the right side only. Do not park anywhere near tram or bus stops. Finding parking on Prague’s streets is a challenge and cars are frequently subject to break-ins, whenever possible, use a guarded parking lot. In Prague, you can also park at an “automat” or meter. Park for a maximum of six hours with a green striped one or two hours with an orange stripe. Illegally parked cars will be wheel clamped or towed away.
Motoring offences attract an on-the-spot fine of up to 2,000 Kc.
An official receipt should be issued. Fines of up to 15,000 Kc may be imposed for later collection. Laws and regulations are enforced with vigour in the Czech Republic - follow the rules.
Motorways = 130km/h
Major Roads = 90km/h
Towns = 50km/h
Towing a trailer/caravan
Motorways = 80km/h
Major Roads = 80km/h
Towns = 50km/h
You must purchase a sticker to travel on Czech motorways. You can buy annual, monthly, or 7-day passes, and they are available at border crossings, post offices and larger gas stations. Place the sticker on the lower left corner of the windshield. Rented cars will have this sticker already. . The sticker costs 220 Kc for seven days, 330 Kc for one month and 1000 Kc for one year.
There is a MINIMUM speed limit of 80kph on motorways.
Things to Remember:
o The flashing of headlights is used as a warning.
o It is prohibited to use mobile telephones while driving with exception of hands-free kits.
o Drivers approaching a roundabout must give a way to vehicles driving on it (general rule which can be changed by road signs on the spot)
o It is prohibited to use radar detectors or devices which influence technical equipment used by the police
o Vehicles using blue flashing lights have priority over other vehicles
o Rules in force for the behaviour of drivers and passengers of motor vehicles in case of breakdown of the vehicle or accidents in tunnels - e.g. it is prohibited to smoke and passengers are obliged to leave the tunnel or to find shelter immediately
o Change from dipped headlights to sidelights while waiting at level crossings.
o Spare fuel in a can (max 20 Litres) may be brought into the country but not out.
o Vehicle damage must be notified to the police before entering the country or if damage occurs while there, as you will not be able to leave without the correct documentation.
o Pedestrians have the priority on pedestrian crossings but they must give way to trams and vehicles using blue flashing lights even on pedestrian crossings.
o Czech Police are not as corrupt as they use to be but controls are frequent and foreign cars are targeted.