Edinburgh football fans need to know five laws as they head to Germany for Euro 2024

Edinburgh footy fans will travel to Germany in their droves for the opening game of the European Football Championships 2024 on June 14.

Scotland will take on the hosts in the first fixture of the international tournament in Munich at the Allianz Arena.

And with that in mind, the Daily Record has created a list of driving laws that travellers ought to know to ensure that they can avoid fines amongst other punishments.

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To avoid potential fines of up to €1,500, which nobody wants on holiday, experts at Lotus Car Rental have rounded up six of the most important ones to keep in mind - and how to avoid breaking them.

Speed limits

Similar to the UK, Brits need to make sure they’re sticking to the speed limit in other countries, such as Germany. It may be tempting to put your foot down, but make sure you’re not going faster than 100 km/h on main roads and 50 km/h in urban areas.

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On the autobahn, there are areas where there are no speed limits, and they are marked with circular white signs with four black diagonal lines. Some of the motorway has a 130 km/h advisory speed limit for all vehicles under 3.5 tonnes.

Unlike most countries, Germany also has a minimum speed limit marked on a blue sign. Make sure you don’t drive slower than 60 km/h in the slow lane, 90 km/h in the middle lane, and 110 km/h in the fast lane.

According to Germany’s driving laws and regulations, if you go over or under the speed limit, you can find yourself paying a fine of €30-€800 depending on how much over or under you are, as well as facing a driving ban of up to three months.

Traffic lights

In Germany, traffic lights are a little different. Before the light turns green, a yellow signal will come on at the same time as the red for a second. This gives drivers a chance to get ready before the green light comes on

You cannot make a right turn on a red light unless you encounter a specific situation where a green arrow pointing right alongside the red light permits right turns, provided you give way to other vehicles and pedestrians.

One more light sign to be aware of is if you’re at a railway crossing and see a red flashing light, this means a train is approaching so it’s vital you stop until the light stops flashing.

Parking

You should avoid parking within five metres of pedestrian crossing or side roads, or eight metres if there's a cycle path here. Moreover, drivers are supposed to park in a space-saving way and must not park in front of a driveway, bus stop signs or on manhole covers.

If you do find yourself parking illegally, you could be taking home a €5 to €70 fine. Failure to pay within the specified timeframe could lead to additional penalties and an increased fine. If you leave Germany with an unpaid fine, you risk being barred from reentering Germany or other EU countries on your next visit.

Licence and documentation

Make sure you have a full and valid UK driving license before setting off in Germany. Keep this with you at all times alongside your proof of insurance, passport and your V5C certificate, which proves ownership of your car.

Safety on the roads in Germany is a big deal, as well as these essential documents, drivers are also required to carry the following safety items in the car at all times or risk paying a fine. These are:

  • Warning triangle (compulsory in all vehicles with four wheels or more)

  • Reflective safety jackets

  • First aid kit

  • Beam deflectors

  • Safety helmet if riding a motorcycle

Drink driving

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If you've knocked back a few drinks celebrating at the pub, then you should never get behind the wheel afterwards. Drink driving restrictions are strict, with a maximum level of blood alcohol volume of 0.05 percent. Ignoring this rule can lead to a €250 fine and two penalty points.

There is also a zero-tolerance rule in effect for drivers who have less than two years of experience or are under 21.