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Traffic regulations

Traveling by car across Poland is an opportunity of seeing all aspects of our wonderful country. However, when traveling on Polish roads you should not forget certain safety principles. To avoid any undesirable surprises during your holiday you should also remember to abide by the elementary traffic regulations.

Speed limits
  • built-up area - 50 km/h
  • outside built-up area - 90 km/h
  • residential zone - 20 km/h
  • dual carriageway - 110 km/h
  • single-lane road - 100 km/h
  • twin lane carriageway with at least two lanes per direction - 100 km/h
  • motorway - 130 km/h
Seat belts and traveling with children
All passengers traveling by car are obliged to fasten their seat belts - both passengers sitting in front and at the back. Children up to 12 should travel in a special certified child seat.
When driving in Poland in autumn and winter you should remember that your car lights must be on all the time. This is obligatory from 1 October to the last day of February. For the rest of the year we drive with the lights on from dusk to dawn, providing weather conditions are favourable during the day.
When traveling by car you must not to park in prohibited zones and whenever necessary you have to pay the statuary parking fee.
In some cities there are parking metres. If you do not pay the parking fee you can be fined or your car clamped.
Driving and alcohol
Driving in Poland whilst under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. The maximum admissible blood alcohol content is 0.2 mg per ml. Blood alcohol content exceeding 0.5 mg per ml is a criminal offence and can be punished by two years imprisonment.
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