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UK drivers risk Euro fines

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700

ONE IN FIVE drivers from the UK risks being fined when travelling in Europe due to not carrying the correct travel kit. Laws in Europe vary between countries but most demand every car has a warning triangle in case of a breakdown.

In a survey by the AA, it found a third (37%) of British drivers did not know they needed to carry a high visibility jacket to comply with French law. More than half (55%) of drivers were also unaware French law demands they carry a disposable breathalyser.

By not carrying the required car kit, drivers risk fines from €15 up to €135. Other essentials that are either needed by law or are desirable to have when travelling abroad include spare light bulbs, a first aid kit and a GB plate attached to the rear of the car.

Another essential item often forgotten by UK drivers are headlight beam convertors to prevent the headlights in right-hand drive cars dazzling drivers on the Continent.Rosie Sanderson, Head of European Motoring at the AA said, ‘Not having the correct equipment in an emergency when on the Continent can leave you having to deal with on the spot fines on top of whatever the original emergency was. It is important to remember that different regulations apply to the countries you are driving through not just the country of your destination.’

The AA also reminds drivers that some European countries require drivers to carry the car’s original registration document. Edmund King, AA President, said, ‘The rules and regulations on the Continent can be confusing and it is imperative that drivers heading over to Europe should check before they travel. It is not just safety equipment but also knowing the correct speed limits in whichever countries you are visiting can help avoid speeding fines.’

By Press Association reporters