Fines for violation of driving regulations
To be aware of fines penalized for different violations, see the table below with the most frequent of them.
||up to £ 1000
|Driving a vehicle without insurance
||up to £ 2500
|Escape from accident scene
||up to £ 5000
|Using a cell phone
||up to £ 1000
||up to £ 500
|Absence of a child safety seat
As you can see, fines for violation of traffic regulations in Britain are very high. Besides, foreign residents who commit violations have to pay on-site the whole amount of fine or £ 300, as there is a probability of contumacy.
There are the following speed limitations for cars in the country:
- inhabited area – 48 km/h
- outside inhabited areas – 96 km/h
- autobahn – 112 km/h
These regulations are valid unless otherwise stated in the traffic signs. Watch the traffic signs, as there are a lot of roads with specific limitations in Great Britain.
One should park a car in special places only, because fines for wrong parking are very high. Most parking lots are to be paid for time spent when leaving. There are also parking lots, where you can buy a ticket for specific time and put it under the windscreen. Double red and yellow lines indicate the parking ban at any time.
Maximum alcohol content allowed
In this matter Great Britain is much more loyal than many other European countries. Allowable blood-alcohol content is 0,8 ‰. However, if exceed this level, you will be penalized with much more bigger fine in comparison with other countries. This sum can reach up to £ 5000. Moreover, there is a possibility of confiscation of driver's license and even arrest. Policemen have the right to test drivers on drug intoxication by themselves.
Observe driving regulations renting a car in Great Britain
Dim light is to be used in night time (sunset-to-sunrise) irrespective of illuminated streets. It is allowed to use fog lights to increase visibility. Left hand drive vehicles must be taped not to dazzle car drivers on the opposite side of the road.
Children under 3 years old can go in a car if only a child car seat is available.
All passengers in a car must be buckled up in their own seatbelts.
It is prohibited to use hand-held cell phones without speakerphone function while driving.
There are RON95 and RON98 petrol and diesel engine available in British filling stations. Have a look at average prices for fuel in Britain:
- RON95 petrol – 1.56 EUR
- RON98 petrol – 1.65 EUR
- Diesel engine – 1.63 EUR
As you can see, diesel engine does not differ in price from petrol, that's why the choice of a rental car in Britain will not be conditioned by the vehicle’s engine type.
Some parts of roads, bridges and tunnels should be paid for passing. There is only one autobahn in the country that is a toll road. The cost depends on a vehicle class. Average cost for cars is £ 4,5. A vehicle class is automatically identified. You can pay by credit cards, cash or e-cards got in advance.