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
- a full GB / GBJ sticker on the vehicle (it's not enough to have the GBJ incorporated in the number plate)
- a warning triangle (doesn't apply to two-wheeled vehicles)
- at least one reflective jacket / waistcoat (doesn't apply to motorcyclists)
- a self-test breathalyser
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.
Visit the RAC site to find out more about this requirement and how to apply online for a sticker.
French clean air stickers on the RAC website
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.
The AA website
International Driving Permits (IDPs)
If you're planning on driving a car abroad, you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) for certain countries.
You'll need an IDP alongside your Jersey driving licence.
For more information, including how to apply, visit the Parishes website.
International Driving Permits on Parishes website