21st ITT 2015 Germany

Tour Overview and introduction of the Tour Guides

Tour Overview

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Important rules for driving in the Czech Republic

Road traffic

  • The alcohol limit is 0.0 per mil. There are regular traffic controls. The traffic police is authorized in cases of suspected use of alcohol or other addictive substances to do a breath test or take a saliva sample.
  • Cars have to drive the whole year with the headlights on. Failure to do so threatens a fine of up to 2000, - CZK (70, - Euro) and 1 point.
  • Drivers must carry in the Czech Republic a set of replacement bulbs for automotive. Failure to do so threatens a toll warning about 300 Kc (about 10, - Euro).
  • Users of four-lane highways and expressways must carry a valid motorway toll sticker on the windscreen. The vignettes are available at border crossings and numerous gas stations, among others. In addition, the vignettes can be purchased through the ADAC. The administrative fine for non-compliance can be up to 5000 Kc (about 180, - Euro), in case of recurrence much higher.
  • In case of accidents with personal injury or property damage over 20.000, - Kc (about 730, - Euro) you need to involve the police.


Behavior in case of violation of the law

Violations of the law of foreigners (eg speeding, use of public transport without a valid ticket, etc.) will be strictly followed. Fines are payable usually immediately and properly acknowledged.
A special feature in the Czech law is the so-called block criminal proceedings. A payment of fines in block criminal proceedings means that the person concerned is waiving further appelas. It can therefore be applied only if he agrees with this accelerating procedure. If the person considers the penalty imposed is unjustified and therefore does not want to pay on the spot, an administrative procedure before the competent administrative authority will be initiated. This is a time-consuming process in which the transcript of a protocol is needed by consulting an interpreter and a deposit equal to the potential fine may be levied.

Source: Federal Foreign Office, Internet editors, Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin