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Driving in Europe

​​​Items you must bring

When driving in Europe you should have:

  • your passport
  • your full in date driving licence. Provisional licences are not recognised outside Jersey
  • the original vehicle registration document
  • your motor insurance certificate and windscreen insurance disc. Check with your insurer if you need a green card
  • an oval plate or sticker with the letters GBJ displayed at the rear of the vehicle. It's not enough to have the GBJ beneath the Jersey badge on the number plate
  • a means of deflecting headlight beams away from left to right
  • a warning triangle, only for vehicles with 4 wheels or more
  • reflective jackets for each of the vehicle's occupant. These must be located within the cabin of the vehicle
  • a self-test breathalyser. Fines are not currently being imposed, however they are required by current French law

If you fail to carry compulsory equipment in your vehicle the police in most European countries may apply on the spot fines.

Rules and regulations in each country may change. Check with the embassy of the country you're travelling to before you travel.

Find further driving advice on the AA website

Additional iteams for 2 or 3 wheeled vehicles

All riders of 2 or 3 wheeled vehicles should also:

  • have a crash helmet with reflective stickers on the front, rear and sides
  • have a reflective jacket to wear in an emergency or breakdown
  • wear CE certified gloves

What not to bring or do

These items are not allowed in many European countries:

  • radar detectors
  • systems that show or announce the location of fixed speed cameras. This is often a feature of GPS navigation systems

Do not use a hand-held mobile phone when driving in Europe. This is illegal in most countries.

Rules and regulations in each country may change. Check with the embassy of the country you're travelling to before you travel.

Emergency number in Europe

The number for emergency services in Europe is 112.

International Driving Permit (IDP)

You do not need an IDP to drive in France, however you may need one for other countries.

Since the 1 January 2021, it's recommended that drivers carry an IDP when driving outside Jersey, including most European countries. The IDP is only valid when carried alongside your Jersey driving licence.

There are 3 IDPs:

  • Paris
  • Geneva
  • Vienna

The one you need depends on where you're driving and you may need to carry more than one. For advise on which IDP you need visit driving abroad on GOV.UK.

Apply for an IDP

You can apply for an IDP with your parish. You'll need to:

  • complete the application form available from your parish hall
  • return the completed form and a passport photo to your parish together with the £10 fee

French Crit’Air sticker

In 2017, France introduced the Crit’Air clean air windscreen sticker scheme. These help identify a vehicle's emissions levels and are a legal requirement when travelling to major cities.

For more details and to order your sticker visit the official website for the Crit'Air sticker.

Vehicle inspections

While Jersey-registered vehicles are expected to meet international standards for road safety both in the Island and in Europe, they can be driven in all EU jurisdictions ahead of Periodic Technical Inspections (PTIs) being introduced. 

PTIs are being introduced for all vehicles registered in Jersey, but are not yet fully implemented. 

Travelling with a horse box, caravan or trailer

You can voluntarily register your horse box, caravan or trailer with DVS for £30, although there is no obligation to do so.

Having a registration plate on your trailer may reduce time at EU borders.

Travelling with commercial trailers

You need to register all commercial trailers with DVS if you're travelling in the EU from the 1 January 2021.

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