British Road Regulations

Road Rules of the United Kingdom


We have put together some key British Road Rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foriegn countries.

These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of November 2012. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.

Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.

Take a look at our United Kingdom location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information. We also have Great Drives guides for the United Kingdom to help you make the most of your car hire experience.

Which Side of the Road?

AltText In the United Kingdom, please drive on the LEFT side of the road.

Unique Country Driving Laws

  • Do not use mobile phone to call or text while driving.
  • On Roundabouts, drivers to the right have right of way.
  • Use the outside right lane to overtake on motorways.
  • There is a congestion charge when driving in London, click here for more information.
  • Zebra crossings (black and white stripes on the road) give pedestrians, right of way.
  • There are speed cameras on all types of road.

Speed Limits


For a standard rental vehicle with no trailers:

  • Urban areas: 30 mph (48 km/h)
  • Rural areas: 60 mph (96 km/h)
  • Motorways: 70 mph (112 km/h)

Please be aware of changing speeds indicated by road signs.

Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws


It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to be wearing a seatbelt.

  • Children under 3 years and less than 135cm must use the correct child seat.

Please ask your Avis representative to help fit your child with the correct child seat.

Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car

There is no compulsory equipment needed in the UK. Please take a look at what equipment and services we offer.

Emergency Services

AltText Police: 999 AltText Ambulance: 999 AltText Fire Department: 999 AltText  

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