Portugal

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Pete Barden
10 Jul 2012 23:1 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

Here's what you'll need to know when driving in Portugal. Anyone taking their car on a trip to Portugal should remember their MoT certificate if applicable. Also, drivers who wear contact lenses or glasses will need to carry a spare set, too.

Road deaths per 100,000 of population. UK average 3.1 (2010):
•7.9 per 100,000 of population

Minimum age for drivers
•18

Maximum speed limit

Motorways:
•120kph/75mph
Open roads:
•90kph/56mph
Urban areas:
•50kph/31mph

Alcohol limit per 100ml of blood
•50mg

Equipment required in car
•Warning triangle (recommended)
•Headlamp converters. These are stickers on your headlights, which prevent oncoming motorists being dazzled by UK-configured headlamps.
•Reflective jacket within reach inside the car
•Spare bulbs for car's external lights
•If drivers usually wear glasses or contact lenses, a spare pair should be carried in the car

Documentation to be carried
•Full British licence (if it's not a photo version, you'll need another form of photographic ID, such as a passport)
•Original registration document or hire-car paperwork
•Motor insurance policy
•MoT certificate if applicable
•Passport

Exterior markings
•GB sticker unless 'Euro-plates' are fitted

General requirements
•A yellow '90' disc must be displayed if the driver has held a licence for less than a year. Obtain this from the Automovel de Club Portugal, the Portuguese motoring club
•Seatbelts must be worn by all vehicle occupants
•Drivers must not carry a can of petrol in the car

On the spot fines issued
•Yes some officers even carry ATMs

Radar detectors
•Forbidden

This information is provided as a guide to driving in the aforementioned country, but is not intended as complete legal guidance. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure they follow national driving laws.