Items you should have with you
If you are going to drive in Europe, you should make sure that you have in your car with you at all times:
- your full driving licence (make sure it is not provisional and is still valid)
- the original vehicle registration document
- your motor insurance certificate / windscreen insurance disc
- your passport
- an oval plate or sticker with the letters GBJ on the vehicle (relying on the letters GBJ beneath the Jersey badge on your number plate is not enough)
- a warning triangle
- a reflective jacket / waistcoat for driver and every passenger
- a self-test breathalyser
Riders on any two-wheeled vehicle must wear a crash helmet which displays reflective stickers on the front, rear and sides, and have a reflective jacket to wear in an emergency or breakdown.
You must also wear CE-certified gloves if you are the driver or passenger of a:
- motor tricycle
- motor quadricycle
The police in most European countries may apply on the spot fines if you're driving without compulsory equipment in your vehicle.
The emergency services number in Europe is 112.
Crit'Air clean air stickers
In 2017, France introduced 'clean air' windscreen stickers. These are a legal requirement for travelling with your vehicle to their major cities and help to identify a vehicle’s emissions levels.
The scheme has been extended at the end of 2018 to main regional centres. This includes the Rennes Metropolitan area during high pollution events.
Visit the RAC site to find out more about this requirement and how to apply online for a sticker.
Items you shouldn't use
The use of radar detectors is forbidden in most countries in Europe.
Many countries also demand the deactivation of GPS navigation system facilities that show the location of fixed speed cameras.
The use of hand-held mobile phones is also forbidden in many countries.
The AA website has additional information.
International Driving Permits (IDPs)
An IDP is recommended for certain countries. From the 1 January 2021, you may need an IDP to drive your own car or hire car in EU countries. IDPs can only be issued by your Parish Hall.
There are 2 types of IDP that you may need in different EU countries:
- The 1949 Geneva Convention
- The 1968 Vienna Convention
The version of IDP you need depends on which EU countries you are visiting. You can check at your Parish Hall which version of IDP you require.
You'll need an IDP alongside your Jersey driving licence. You may also need a green card from your insurance company.
IDPs cost £10. For more information, including how to apply,
visit the Parishes website.
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.