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Transport > Road > Traffic laws Stats: compare key data on Switzerland & United Kingdom

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  • Fire extinguisher required: Indicates for European countries whether the law requires a fire extinguisher to be available in each car.
  • First aid required: Indicates for European countries whether the law requires a first aid kit to be available in each car.
  • Minimum driver's age: Indicates for European countries the age under which driving is not permitted.
  • Permitted alcohol level: Indicates for European countries the limit of blood alcohol content (in %), above which driving is not permitted.
  • Seatbelt required: Indicates for European countries whether (and on which seats) it is mandatory to wear seatbelts while driving.
  • Spare bulb required: Indicates for European countries whether the law requires a spare light bulb to be available in each car.
  • Speed limit at dual carriageway: Indicates the speed limit (in km / h) on dual carriageways in European countries. A dual carriageway road or divided highway is one where the lanes for traffic in opposing directions are separate, usually divided by a barrier and a strip of grass or other plants.
  • Speed limit at motorway: Indicates the speed limit (in km / h) on motorways, freeways or highways in European countries.
  • Speed limit at single carriageway: Indicates the speed limit (in km/ h) on single carriageways in European countries. A single carriageway road or undivided highway is one where the lanes for traffic in opposing directions are not separate, usually divided only by lines.
  • Speed limit at urban area: Indicates the speed limit (in km / h) in urban areas in European countries.
  • Tow rope required: Indicates for European countries whether the law requires a tow rope to be available in each car.
  • Triangle required: Indicates for European countries whether the law requires a triangular safety reflector to be available in each car.
STAT Switzerland United Kingdom
Fire extinguisher required Recommended Recommended
First aid required Recommended Recommended
Minimum driver's age 18
Ranked 14th. 6% more than United Kingdom
17
Ranked 34th.
Permitted alcohol level 0.05%
Ranked 17th.
0.08%
Ranked 2nd. 60% more than Switzerland
Seatbelt required All All
Spare bulb required No No
Speed limit at dual carriageway 100 km/h
Ranked 14th.
112 km/h
Ranked 4th. 12% more than Switzerland
Speed limit at motorway 120 km/h
Ranked 22nd. 7% more than United Kingdom
112 km/h
Ranked 27th.
Speed limit at single carriageway 80 km/h
Ranked 34th.
97 km/h
Ranked 3rd. 21% more than Switzerland
Speed limit at urban area 50 km/h
Ranked 21st. 4% more than United Kingdom
48 km/h
Ranked 41st.
Tow rope required Yes Yes
Triangle required Yes Recommended

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