Children under 12 must not sit in
front seats - except for infants or young children in baby
or "booster" seats.
Speeding . . . don't
Speed limits are rigorously enforced,
providing as they do a main source of income for provincial
police forces, and special cameras are in use. Speeds
are expresd in miles per hour. 1 Mile = 1.61 kilometres and
speedometers show both readings.
General speed rules (unless otherwise posted)
||In towns - 30 mph (48 kph)
||Major roads bypassing towns
- 40 mph (64 kph)
||Most "B" roads - 50 mph (80 kph)
||Most "A" roads - 60 mph (96 kph)
||Motorways - 70 mph (112 kph)
General points on driving in Britain
Books and pamphlets about driving regulatiosn
in Britain can be obtained from your local car club, or by
this web site.
Seat Belts, front and rear
It is a legal requirement to wear seat belts,
both in the front and rear seats. Every individual is responsible
for wearing his or her seat belt and can be prosecuted for
breaking the law
Children under 14 must wear a seat belt (or
use an approved safety seat or harness) - the driver will
be prosecuted if they do not. Children under 3 years are not
allowed in front unless in an approved infant seat or harness.
Rear-facing infant seats must not be used in vehicles with
passenger-side front airbags. Infants should be carried in
an approved baby seat.
Visitors to the United Kingdom may drive
rental cars using their national licence, provided it is in
a language which uses Roman letters and numbers. Holders of
other licences must also show an International driving permit
in English (available through motoring organisations).
Rental companies have differing age restrictions.
Minimum age is generally 23 but this varies by company and
Most companies have 'Young Driver' surcharges, typically around
£4.50 per day for drivers under 25.
Maximum age is generally 75 years, however this varies by