Tolls, tips and driving advice
Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream exceeds 0.05 per cent severe penalties can be imposed which include license suspension, fines or imprisonment depending on the amount of excess.
Driving license: Minimum age at which an Irish license holder may drive a temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle is 17.
Fines: On-the-spot can be issued. Visitors who infringe traffic regulations can expect to be fined. If the visitor does not accept the fine, the police will take the matter to court to be settled by a judge. The police may retain the vehicle until such time. Vehicles parked against regulations may be taken away by the police at the owner’s expense.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol (92 and 95 octane) and diesel is available, limited availability of LPG. No leaded petrol, a leaded petrol substitute is available called Millennium. Petrol in cans is permitted but forbidden aboard ferries. Credit cards are accepted at most filling stations; check with your card issuer for use in Denmark before travel.
Lights: Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory.
Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day compulsory. The wearing of crash helmets with straps is compulsory for both driver and passenger.
Motor insurance: Third-party compulsory.
Passengers/children in cars: Children under three years must be seated in a restraint system adapted to their size. Children over three and less than 1.35m must be seated in a child restraint system suitable for their height and weight. A child must not be placed in the front seat with their back to the road if the vehicle is fitted with an active airbag.
All rear seat passengers must wear a seatbelt, so it is no longer possible to transport three children if there are only two seatbelts.
Seat belts: Compulsory for front/rear seat occupants to wear seat belts.
Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers; In built-up areas 50 km/h, outside built-up areas 80 km/h or 90 km/h and motorways 110 km/h or 130 km/h.
Compulsory equipment in Denmark
Other rules/requirements in Denmark
It is recommended that visitors equip their vehicle with a fire extinguisher and a first-aid kit. While not compulsory, it is also recommended that a reflective jacket be carried to be used in the event of the driver having to step out of the vehicle in an emergency/breakdown situation.
Generally there is a duty to give way to traffic approaching from the right. A bold line, a line of white triangles (shark's teeth) painted across the road or a white triangle with red border indicates that you must stop and give way to traffic on the road you are entering.
When roads are wet or slushy, speed must be reduced as far as possible to prevent other road users from being splashed.
It is prohibited to use radar detectors.
Spiked tyres may be used between 1st November and the 15th April, they must be on all 4 wheels.
Right hand drive vehicles must have wing mirrors on both sides of the vehicle.
Private cars must be equipped with an exterior side mirror and an interior rear view mirror.
Motorists must always yield to bicycles.
No toll fees apply in Denmark bar two exceptions, the bridge across the Great Belt between Sealand and Funen and the bridge between Denmark and Sweden across Øresund. In both cases, a toll charge must be paid when crossing the bridges as follows:
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