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Other specific rules


Daytime running lights (dipped headlights in the dark) are compulsory


Safety equipment for cars Fire-extinguisher
Warning triangle


Safety equipment for pedestrians Pedestrians using a road outside a built-up area after dusk are obliged to wear reflective elements visible to other road users, except when walking on stretches of road designated for pedestrian use only or on the pavement.


Compulsory equipment for cyclists at least one white or yellow constant-beam or flashing headlightat least one reflective red tail lightat least one constant or flashing tail lightat least one brake in proper working ordera bell or other warning device emitting a non-shrill sounddirection indicators – only where the cycle or cycle-buggy design rules out hand signals

While lights need not be mounted for daytime cycling, red tail reflectors must be permanently fitted.

In addition, cycles may be equipped with: reflectors on the pedals (car-yellow) a white front reflector any number of reflectors on the wheels – but at least one on each wheel (car-yellow) a reflective stripe on the tyre or wheel

The length of a cycle with trailer must not exceed 4 metres.

Cycling is prohibited on expressways and motorways.

Children under 7 years of age carried as passengers must use special seats.


Pedestrians Pedestrians crossing a road or tracks must take particular care and use pedestrian crossings. Pedestrians on a designated pedestrian crossing have right of way over vehicles.

Crossing the road away from a pedestrian crossing is allowed where the distance from a pedestrian crossing is more than 100 metres. If an intersection is located less than 100 metres from a designated pedestrian crossing, however, it is also permissible to cross at that intersection. However, crossing the road away from a pedestrian crossing is only allowed if it poses no risk to road safety and does not obstruct the flow of vehicle traffic. In such cases, pedestrians are obliged to give way to vehicles and take the shortest path across the road.

Pedestrians must not: step out onto the carriageway directly in front of a moving vehicle, including at a pedestrian crossingfrom behind a vehicle or other obstacle limiting the visibility of the roadcross the carriageway at a place offering limited visibility of the roaddawdle or stop unnecessarily when crossing a road or tracksunnecessarily run when crossing the roadwalk along tracksstep out onto the tracks once a level-crossing barrier or half-barrier has been or is being loweredcross the road at a point where a safety feature or barrier separates a footpath or pavement from the carriageway irrespective of the side of the carriageway on which such a feature or barrier is located

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