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Polish Flag POLAND – drives on the right

Please read the general notes in conjunction with those below.

Essential Safety Equipment

  • Warning triangle
  • Headlamp converters
  • GB plate (see note 1)
  • Mud flaps fitted to the rear of the vehicle

Recommended Safety Equipment (by Poland and/or

  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Reflective vest
  • Spare bulbs (see note 2)
  • Torch

Seatbelt Requirements
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.

Children Passengers
No children under 10 may occupy the front seat unless using an appropriate restraint.

Drink Driving Limits
20mg/100ml (UK 80mg/100ml)

Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18

Speed Limits


Urban kph (mph)

Open Road kph (mph)

Motorway kph (mph)


60 (37)

90-110 (56-68)

130 (81)


60 (37)

80 (50)

80 (50)

Apart from built-up areas there are residential zones-marked by entry/exit signs-where the speed limit is 20 kph (12 mph).

From October to February dipped headlights must be used at all times.

When visibility is poor (fog, rain or generally in other adverse conditions) the driver must:

  • switch on the sidelights or fog lights or both;
  • give short horn signals outside built-up areas while passing or overtaking other vehicles;

Rear fog lights may be used if visibility is reduced to 50 m. These lights should be turned off as soon as visibility improves.

On the highways, fuel stations are located roughly every 22miles/35km and are open from 6am to 10pm.

In Poland there are two toll roads:

  • The A2 between Wrzesnia and Konin
  • The A4 between Katowice and Kraków

Small cars can park half-on and half-off the pavement. Parking is illegal within 5.5 metres of a pedestrian crossing

The police are empowered to issue on-the-spot fines.

Mobile Phones
The use of a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving is illegal, use of a hands free system is tolerated.

Emergency Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.

Local numbers:
Police – 997
Fire – 998
Ambulance – 999

Other Useful Information
Traffic approaching from the right has priority.

Poland is a major east-west transit route for heavy vehicles. If you plan to hire a car, you should note that driving on Polish roads can be hazardous. There are few dual carriageways and even main roads between major towns and cities can be narrow and are often poorly surfaced. Streetlights, even in major cities, are weak. Local driving standards are poor: speed limits, traffic lights and road signs are often ignored and drivers rarely indicate before manoeuvring. Horse drawn and slow moving agricultural vehicles are common in rural areas, even on main roads. If you can, avoid driving a right hand drive vehicle alone for long distances or to drive long distances at night.

Trams may be passed on the right; but when a tram stops and there is no island to accept disembarking passengers, drivers must give priority to passengers crossing to the pavement.

Useful Words and Phrases

Car Hire

Agencja wynajmu samochodow


olej napędowy










droga glowna



Motor Oil

olej silnikowy



No parking

zakaz parkowania



Petrol station

stacja benzynowa



Police station

posterunek policji



Toll road

droga platna

Unleaded Petrol

benzyna bezolowiowa

Embassy Details
British Embassy
ul. Kawalerii 12
00-648 Warsaw

+48 (22) 311 00 00


Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries. Countries outside the EU still require national identification.

Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.

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