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Compulsory equipment for driving in Europe

It's not just safe and sensible, in some European countries it’s the law to carry certain items when driving. To avoid the risk of receiving an on the spot fine when driving in popular European destinations, such as France, Germany or Spain, make sure you have all the compulsory or recommended equipment, most of which are already contained in the AA Emergency Breakdown and Touring Kit or the AA Euro Travel Kit. Check the table below for the compulsory or recommended equipment you will need to drive in each country.

If your vehicle is a lease vehicle and you are planning to take it abroad you will need to obtain a VE103 Document from your leasing company, you will need to request this form in good time as at peak times it may take longer for them to process the request. The VE103 document is required for the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

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Choose a country on the left, then look across the row to see what equipment you need. Here's what the symbols mean:

  • CompulsoryCompulsory
  • Recommended by the AA or the respective countryRecommended by the AA or the respective country

Country GB Sticker GB Sticker Headlamp Beam Converters Headlamp Beam ConvertersWarning Triangle Warning TriangleHi Vis Jacket High Visibility JacketFirst Aid Kit First Aid KitNF Approved Breathalyser
Breathalyser
On the spot fines issued On the Spot Fines issued
Austria Tick Tick Tick  Tick  Tick   YES
Belgium Tick Tick Tick  Tick  Recommended    YES
France Tick Tick Tick  Tick    Tick  YES
Germany Tick Tick Recommended    Recommended    YES
Italy Tick Tick Tick  Tick      YES 
Netherlands Tick Tick Recommended        YES
Portugal Tick Tick Recommended  Recommended      YES 
Switzerland Tick Tick Tick        YES
Spain Tick Tick Tick  Tick      YES


Please Note! High vis vest is required for every person in a vehicle when traveling through France, on the spot fines of 90 euro per person without a vest are enforceable.

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