This article provides information about the rules and regulations that you must be aware of before you drive in the UK.

Driving rules in the UK may differ from the rules in your country. Therefore, please familiarise yourself with British driving rules to make sure you are safe and secure.

Remember:

  • You must drive in the left-handed lane
  • Speeding is an offence and speed cameras are in operation throughout the UK. You must obey the speed limit signs
  • The speed limit on British motorways is 70 mph (112 kmph)
  • It is illegal to drink alcohol and drive and the penalties are severe
  • It is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone at all times when driving and fines can be up to £1000 if the matter goes to court
  • The wearing of seatbelts is compulsory
  • More information about driving in the UK and licence information can be found on the UKCISA website.

You are required by law to drive with:

  • A valid driving licence
  • A valid Road Tax disc
  • Motor Insurance (minimum - Third Party)
  • Vehicle Registration Documents
  • A current certificate of roadworthiness (MOT) if the car is over three years old.

For further information, you can read a copy of The Highway Code for the full UK driving regulations. This is available online, or you can purchase a paper copy of the Code at a bookshop.


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