Drink-drive limits in other countries are lower than the UK

Drink-drive limits in other countries are lower than the UK

by Helen Jackson |
posted 11 July 2018

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging holiday drivers to be mindful of the lower drink-drive limits in force across Europe this summer. So if you plan on driving abroad this summer - keep reading.

GEM Road Safety Officer Neil Worth says:

“The best way to stay safe and legal is by never drinking and driving, so we recommend you keep your personal drink-drive limit to zero, wherever you may be on holiday.”

The blood alcohol content (BAC) limit defines the maximum legal amount of alcohol that is permitted to be in the blood for people to drive. This limit is different abroad. For example, England, Wales and Northern Ireland this limit is 0.08 (equivalent to 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood), while in Scotland the limit is 0.05.

Drink-drive limits across Europe, with the exception of Malta, are all lower than the UK. Many countries have a standard limit of 0.05, although in Norway, Sweden, Latvia, Poland and Estonia the limit is just 0.02. In the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia there is a zero limit.

“Although you can legally drive in the UK at the alcohol limit of 0.08, doing the same thing in Hungary or Norway could put you in prison,” says Worth.

“There is no reliable way to calculate how much alcohol you can drink and stay below the limit. So, eliminate the guesswork and reduce your risk by always steering clear of alcohol before driving.”

For specific country information on rules, risks, facts and figures, please visit motoringassist.com/Europe


Helen Jackson
Helen Jackson

Helen is part of the marketing team here at Money4yourMotors. Helen oversees a wide range of marketing activities including social media and content creation.