Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.04 per cent or more severe penalties including a fine and/or withdrawal of a motorist’s driving license for up to one and a half years. The level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.02 per cent for novice drivers who have held their license for two years or less.
Driving license: The minimum age at which an Irish license holder may drive a temporarily imported car and / or motorcycle is 18.
Fines: On-the-spot can be imposed (some fines may be paid at a local bank dependent upon the amount.
Fuel: Leaded petrol is available at Statoil petrol stations. Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane), diesel and LPG are available. Petrol in a can is permitted (duty payable). Credit cards are accepted at filling stations, check with your card issuer for usage in Lithuania before travel.
Lights: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory; a fine is imposed for non compliance.
Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory, a fine is imposed for non-compliance. Wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and passenger. A child under the age of 12 cannot travel as a passenger.
Motor Insurance: Third-party motor insurance is compulsory, but fully comprehensive motor insurance is recommended.
Passengers/Children in cars: Children under 12 or 150cm cannot travel as a front seat passenger unless using a child restraint appropriate to their age and size. Children under 3 years must be seated in a child seat appropriate to their age and size on the rear seats.
Seat belts: It is compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 70 km/h on other roads, 90 km/h outside built-up areas on asphalt roads. 100 km/h on dual carriageways between 1st November to 1st April and 110 km/h between 1st April to 1st November. 110 km/h is the speed limit on motorways between 1st November to 1st April and from 1st April to 1st November a limit of 130 km/h applies between (i) Vilnius – Panevezys and (ii) Kaunas – Klaipeda. The police control speeds closely and give fines for even the smallest of speeding offences.
Compulsory equipment in Lithuania
First aid kit
Reflective jacket – must be worn by driver exiting the vehicle at night in a breakdown situation. Therefore the jacket/waistcoat must be kept within the passenger compartment of the vehicle.
Winter tyres – compulsory between the 10th November and the 1st April. Spiked tyres may also be used during this period. Spiked tyres are prohibited between the 10th April and the 1st November.
Other rules/requirements in Lithuania
It is recommended that visitors carry an assortment of spares for their vehicle for example: a fan belt, replacement bulbs and spark plugs.
It is compulsory to call the police to the scene of an accident.
This information should be read in conjunction with general advice for motoring in Europe.
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