Traffic Rules United Kingdom


In towns 30 mph
On motorways 70 mph
On highways 60 mph
Right-hand driving/left-hand driving Left-hand traffic, pass on the right
Alcohol 80 mg/100 mL
Seat belt mandatory yes
Child Safety Seat Child seat required up to age 12 or 150 cm.
Mobile phone Only hands-free telephones may be used.
Right of Way Priority to the right. “Give Way” or “Stop” sign indicates the minor street. Major roads have right of way most of the time.
Roundabout Cars in the roundabout have the right of way.
Specific rules of the counry Smoking in hired cars is prohibited in England and prohibited in all cars in Scotland.
Specific parking regulations Yellow line at side of road: no parking; double red line at side of road: no stopping (London only).


Driver´s license

Minimum age

The minimum and maximum age varies between car hire agencies and also between vehicle classes. The minimum age is normally between 21 and 25 and the driving license must be 1 to 2 years old. At some car hire agencies drivers below a fixed age limit must pay an additional fee.

Details are available in the hiring terms of the car hire agency. (In point 3 – Entering data and payment – under General Terms and Conditions)

Fuel Information

There are two options:

1. The tank is full when accepted and returned with a full tank. There is a charge for the petrol required to fill the tank.

2. The tank is full when accepted and paid for. The vehicle is then returned with an empty tank. Any remaining petrol will not be reimbursed.

You can find the applicable tanking option in the details of the results list. We have no influence over the tanking option.

This content is for informational purpose only and does not guarantee accuracy or completeness.