Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Luxembourg?
Seat Belt Laws
All passengers in the vehicle must wear a seat belt – this is a legal requirement in Luxembourg.
Drinking and Driving
The rules regarding drink driving are very similar to those in the UK. Drink driving is against the law, only allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.
Must Have Documents
You must have the following on you at all times when driving in Luxembourg:
- Full and valid UK driving licence
- A GB sticker on the back of your vehicle
- Car insurance documents
- V5 registration or car hire documents
- UK passport
- A warning triangle
- Headlamp converters
- A reflective jacket
*If you have held your license for less than 2 years, you should not exceed 70kph.
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Minimum Driving Age
The minimum age to drive a vehicle in Luxembourg is 18 years of age. If you are wishing to hire a car you usually need to be at least 23 years of age.
Safety Camera Warning Devices
Speed camera detectors are still legal in Luxembourg and can be used by drivers.
On the Spot Fines
It is possible to be given an on the spot fine in Luxembourg for committing a motoring offence. These can be fairly heavy fines ranging from EUR 24 for minor offences up to EUR 145 for major offences.
Child Safety Rules
Children 3-18 years who are under 1.5 metres must only sit in the back seat and use a child restraint or car seat. Once a child weighs over 36kg they may use a normal lap belt.
All drivers in Luxembourg must be fully insured to drive the vehicle and it is advisable to keep insurance documents on you at all times.
Rules of the Road
- Driving is on the right hand side of the road, overtaking on the left.
- There are no tolls on Luxembourg motorways
The first speed cameras were introduced to Luxembourg in 2016. There are currently 10 located through out the city with a further 10 cameras planned for 2017.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
Using a phone whilst driving is against the law in Luxembourg. It is possible to use a phone only with a hands free set.
Most parking must be paid for in Luxembourg city, this can be pay at car or using parking meters. You may also come across ‘blue’ parking zones in the major cities, to be able to park in one of these you need to show a parking vignette and this should be displayed on your dash board. Other parking zones are defined by colour with the colours representing how long you may park. For example: White zone equals half and hour, Orange a maximum of two hours and so on. Be sure to read the signs carefully before leaving your car parked anywhere.
It is worth noting that there is a free park and ride car park, around 2 miles outside of Luxembourg.
Motor Way Signs
Motorway signs are largely the same as in the UK and follow European guidelines. The text is in white on a blue background.
There are currently no toll roads in Luxembourg.
What to do in an emergency
In an emergency, drivers should move away from the car and call the emergency services. It is recommended that you stay at the scene of any accident until they arrive.
Police – 113
Fire department – 112
Ambulance – 112
European Emergency number - 112
Petrol and diesel are readily available through out Luxembourg and there are clearly signed Petrol stations off of the main roads and motorways.