Europe by car

Are there any legal requirements to drive a car on the Continent?

Vehicles travelling in Europe are legally required to have certain breakdown and emergency equipment stored in the vehicle. The list consists of:

• National Driving Licence
• Passport
• Vehicle Registration Document (Log book or vehicle certificate)
• Motor Vehicle Insurance
• Warning Triangle
• Reflectorised jacket/waist coat
• Spare headlamp bulbs required
• Headlamp adjustment or deflectors required
• Seat belts required front and rear for all passengers
• Minimum age for children in the front seat is 12 years
• Letter of Authority: If yours is not the name on the logbook (i.e. Company car) bring a letter from your Company Secretary or the owner authorising you to drive the car
• Carrying a First Aid kit, fire extinguisher and spare set of bulbs is wise but not compulsory in all countries