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Traffic rules

  • When driving, drivers must have their driving licence, vehicle registration certificate, a warning triangle and a safety vest in the car.
  • The use of safety belts is mandatory, including in the back seat. Children must be secured separately in a carry cot, a child seat or a booster seat, depending on the child’s age and size.
  • It is not permitted to use a handheld mobile phone while driving.
  • The use of lights when driving is mandatory at all times.
  • Tyres must have an adequate tread depth: For summer tyres, the minimum tread depth is 1.6 mm and for winter tyres, the minimum is 3 mm. The use of studded tyres is permitted in the period from 1 November to the Monday after Easter Monday. In the counties of Nordland, Troms and Finnmark, the use of studded tyres is permitted in the period from 15 October to 1 May. Studded tyres can be used outside these dates if driving conditions make it necessary. In some cities, you must pay a fee to use studded tyres.
  • Speed limits: unless otherwise indicated by a road sign, the maximum speed limit is 50 kph in built-up areas and 80 kph in other areas.
  • The prescribed blood alcohol limit for driving a car in Norway is 0.2 mg/ml. Do not drive after drinking alcohol.


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