Road traffic regulations
While travelling in Poland by car, you need to be aware of the local regulations for public road users, which may sometimes be different than in other EU countries.
Any foreign registered vehicle that is being used on public roads in Poland must meet all the technical requirements described in the Convention of Road Traffic signed in Vienna on 8 November 1968.
All vehicles are required to have their headlights switched on at all times (day and night throughout the year).
The use of seat belts is compulsory for both front and rear seat passengers.
A child that is a passenger of a car equipped with seat belts, that is under 12 year of age and less than 150 cm tall, has to use an appropriate child restraint or another device designed for this purpose which is suitable to child's weight and height and that complies with stringent technical specifications. It is forbidden to carry a child under the age of 12 in the front seat of the vehicle without a special child restraint. It is also forbidden to carry a child in a backward facing child restraint in a car that is equipped with a passenger air bag.
- 50km/h in built-up areas (60km/h between 11pm and 5am). Entry into a built-up area is marked with a white rectangular sign with the name of the town or a similar sign showing an urban skyline in black; the exit point is marked with an identical sign with a red diagonal stripe.
- 90km/h outside built-up areas
- 100km/h on A-class roads (marked with a white car on blue background sign)
- 130km/h on motorways
You are allowed to turn right at red lights only if there is a separate indicating green arrow. In such cases you must always allow pedestrians to cross first.
When leaving your vehicle in a controlled parking zone, make sure that you have paid (and displayed the ticket) as many local authorities impose steep fines and clamping charges for illegal parking. If in doubt, ask a police officer or municipal warden for assistance.
In the event of a road traffic accident, the driver should call the police and await their arrival. If people are injured, also an ambulance or doctor must be called. According to the Polish law, any driver involved in an accident must provide first aid to accident victims and stay at the scene of the accident.