Which European countries have toll roads? Where are drivers required to use their headlights in the daytime? Which documents are essential abroad? We give you the inside track on the different rules that apply across Europe. So that you can relax and simply enjoy the drive.
Tolls are levied on motorways, pass roads and tunnels in many European countries. These can be paid by purchasing a vignette, using a swipe card, registering for an electronic tag or handing over cash or cards directly at a tollbooth. Automobile associations such as the ADAC, AVD and ACE can provide you with an overview of current charges.
Toll on the M6 motorway and congestion charge within London
For more on the congestion charge, check www.cclondon.com. Please note: most of Greater London is designated a low emission zone (LEZ). You must register in advance if you wish to drive there with a foreign registered vehicle that is subject to a charge in this respect. Failure to do so could result in a major fine. For example, campers of between 2.5 t and 3.5 t GVW and Transporters with an unladen weight of between 1.205 t and 3.5 t must pay the charge if they do not meet the EURO III emission standard. For further information, check www.epcplc.com
Dipped beam headlights must now be used at all times, even during the day, when driving in many European countries. The aim of this is to help road users see each other and improve safety on the road. The daytime running lights standard in all current Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles models are a particularly elegant means of ensuring compliance with this requirement. By helping other road users spot the vehicle early on, they represent a real safety bonus.
A fine may be levied for driving without your headlights switched on in some European countries. That is why we recommend always leaving your lights on, even during the day, where this is required. The latest information on the amount of the fine charged for breaching this requirement to drive with your headlights on is available from automobile associations such as the ADAC, AVD and ACE.
Some countries require drivers to carry spare bulbs. We recommend Volkswagen Genuine Parts®: spare bulb boxes with high grade H4 or H7 LongLife dipped headlights and the key bulbs and fuses for your particular vehicle. Your Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Service Partner will be happy to advise you on the right set for your vehicle. It can also supply high-visibility vests, which must also be carried in the vehicle nowadays in many countries.
Sometimes, you’re already on the road before you think about which travel documents you need – and have left at home. To prevent that happening to you, remember to bring with you the following: