Driving in the Czech Republic

Traffic rules in the Czech Republic are similar to those in many european countries.

Things to Remember:

1. Right-driving.

2. Both front and backseat passengers must wear seat belts for the entire duration of the ride.

3. Speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/h (31 mph), outside cities and towns you can go 90 km/h (55 mph), and this rises up to 130 km/h on highways (80 mph).

 4. Drinking and driving is prohibited (alcohol limit in the Czech republic is 0.0 % as opposed to Germany where you can have a glass of beer before driving).

 5. Dipped headlights must be on at all times throughout the year.

Compulsory car equipment

First-aid kit.

Warning triangle.

- Reflective jacket. Any passenger getting out of the car outside built-up areas on a road or a highway is obliged to wear a reflective jacket. A reflective jacket must be kept within the car (i.e. not in the boot).

Winter tyres. From the 1st of November till the 31st of March it is mandatory to have winter tyres with a minimum tread depth of 4 mm. Studded winter tyres are prohibited.

 Parking rules in Prague and in the Czech Republic

- Parking in Prague is only allowed on the right side of the road unless it is a one-way road.

- Parking along a tram line is prohibited unless a 3-metre (10-feet) wide lane is left between the vehicle and the tram lane

- It is prohibited to park your car within 5 meters (16.5 feet) from an intersection, a pedestrian crossing and a public transport stop.

- It is prohibited to park your car within 15 meters (49 feet) from a railway crossing.

- There are two types of parking meters in Prague: those indicated by a green color allow up to 6 hours of parking, those indicated by an orange color allow 2-hour parking.

- A yellow line indicates prohibition of parking, a blue line allows parking for residents’ and office workers’ vehicles.

- Any vehicle in violation of parking rules is subject to immobilization or tow at owner’s expense. You will have to pay a fine for parking in the wrong place and an amount of money equivalent to one day of parking, which is 3 000 CZK (120 EUR).

Traffic Fines & Fees in the Czech Republic

Alcohol

- Blood alcohol limit is 0.0%

- If your blood alcohol level is less than 0.3%, you will be fined from 10 000 CZK (400 EUR) up to 20 000 CZK (800 EUR)

- If your blood alcohol level is more than 0.3%, you will be fined from 25 000 CZK (1000 EUR) up to 50 000 CZK (2000 EUR)

Dipped headlights

Having dipped headlights on is mandatory throughout the year in the Czech republic. Violation of this rule will cost you 2000 CZK (80 EUR).

Children

Children under 12 years old and/or less than 150 cm (4.92 feet) tall must seat at the back and must use child safety seats.

Safety seat belts

Seat belts must be fastened both in the front and in the back seats in the Czech republic. A fee for violation of this rule is 2000 CZK (80 EUR).

Mobile phones

Use of a mobile phone is not permitted while driving in the Czech republic. However, it is possible to use a hands-free kit. You will have to pay 1000 CZK (40 EUR) for violation of this rule.

Use of radar detection devices is strongly prohibited under a heavy fine of 100 000 CZK (4 000 EUR).

Violation of overtaking and passing rules: 5 000 – 10 000 CZK (200 – 400 EUR)

Red light violation: 2 000 CZK (80 EUR)

Failing to stop before a pedestrian crossing: 2 500 CZK (100 EUR)

Speed limit violation by 40 km/h (24 mph) in built-up areas and by 50 km/h (31 mph) outside cities and towns: 5 000 – 10 000 CZK (200 – 400 EUR)

You can pay the fine directly to the police officer right after the infraction takes place. In case you don’t have enough cash, you’ll be provided with a payment device to pay by card.

Traffic fines in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany: comparison

It stands to mention that the following numbers are minimum fines. You have a right to refuse to pay the fine to the police officer, and then the case will be sent to court where the amount of the fine will rise up to twice (or more) as much as it originally was.

 

The Czech Republic

Austria

Germany

Overtaking and passing violation

200

36

70

Red light violation

100

36

90-360

Speed limit violation by 31-40 km/h (19-24 mph)

100

70

120

Using a mobile phone while driving

40

50

40

Unfastened safety seat belt

80

35

30

Emergency contact numbers

Police – 158

Medical emergency – 155

Fire emergency – 150

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