As with most of Europe, driving in Monaco is on the right. It's compulsory to wear a seat belt and for all children up to 10 years, to travel in the back seat of a car and wear a seat belt or be strapped into a proper child seat. Only adults and children from 10 years may sit in the front passenger seat.
Mobile cellular telephones may not be used while driving unless using a hands-free system. It's compulsory to carry the driving licence, car registration papers and insurance documents in the car. Photocopies of these documents can be endorsed at your local Mairie.
By law, a red warning triangle and a high-visibility vest must be carried in vehicles from 1 July 2008, in case of breakdown. The warning triangle should be placed 30 metres ahead of the breakdown, in order to warn approaching traffic. Failure to carry these items in the vehicle is punishable by a fine incurred per item not carried. Be aware that both these items are required by law to be carried in a vehicle travelling in Spain or Italy. Driving with lights on by day, is optional.
The minimum age in France to drive a car or motor bike over 80 CC is 18 years. Drivers must have a valid driving licence and be 18 years or older. The minimum age to drive a scooter or motor bike under 80cc is 16 years.
Speed limits in Monaco are:
• Autoroute: 130 km/h and 110 km/h when raining;
• Expressways: 110 km/h and 100 km/h when raining;
• Two lane roads or single lane roads separated by an island: 110 km/h and 100 km/h when raining;
• Regional roads: 90 km/h and 80 km/h when raining;
• Built up areas (towns and villages): 50 km/h;
• Any time visibility is less than 50m: 50 km/h.
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