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Are there any differences in traffic rules in this country compared to Ukrainian ones?
Both Ukrainians and Czech Republic drive on the right hand sight of the road.
Main driving rules:
The speed limit for motor vehicles with a maximum weight of up to 3.5 tonnes and buses outside the city is 90 km/h. Vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes may drive at a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Motor vehicles with a weight of up to 3.5 tonnes and buses may drive on highways with a maximum speed of 130 km/h, max. 110 km/h on speedways, other vehicles max. 80 km/h. The maximum speed allowed in the city is 50 km/h; on the highways in the city 80 km/h.
In the residential area and pedestrian zone, the driver may drive at a maximum speed of 20 km/h. At the same time, the driver must pay attention to pedestrians and children on the road and must not endanger them. When leaving the residential or pedestrian zone, the driver must give priority to all vehicles currently driving on the road.
The Czech Republic has established requirements for personal vehicles. All drivers must have a safety kit in their car:
Is it possible to drive a car with a Ukrainian driver's license?
At the end of July, the Regulation on the use of Ukrainian national driver’s licenses in EU countries entered into force. The changes affect only persons who enjoy temporary or adequate protection in EU countries.
This document establishes special rules regarding expired, lost or stolen Ukrainian driver’s licenses.
So, from the end of July in Czech Republic you can:
Is it necessary to register the car in the new country of residence?
The law says that anyone operating a vehicle for a period of more than 185 days in the Czech Republic must have the vehicle registered here. If you do not register your car, you will have problems in the event of a car accident or when dealing with your insurance company to cover damage or repairs.
If you bring your own car from your home country you must be registered here. To do that you need to have a long-term residence or a temporary residence permit (EU citizens) with an assigned birth date number. The registration can be processed at the nearest municipal office to your current address. The office in Brno is Department of Motor Vehicles, Kounicova 67.
Ukrainians in the Czech Republic will need to register their car. Already from October 1, 2023, a special register of vehicles with state license plates of Ukraine will be launched. Citizens of Ukraine already living in the Czech Republic will be able to register their car for free.
From January 2024, such registration will be mandatory. It will be necessary to register the car within seven days from the moment of granting temporary protection or a visa for the purpose of tolerance. Otherwise, the owners will face a fine of up to 30,000 Czech crowns. Driving a Ukrainian vehicle without registration will be considered an offense from January 1, 2024.
The following documents will be required for car registration:
Such a register will help fine Ukrainians for violating traffic rules, for example, speeding or parking. Source .
Is it possible to drive a car that has Ukrainian registration, but is registered not to the driver, but to another person? What documents are needed for this?
If you are not the owner of the car you are driving, it is useful to carry a written authorization from the actual car owner with you including substantial details, such as the license plate and the insurance number of the car in case authorities might ask for it. Further, the owner should contact the motorist insurance to cover possible damages caused by the third party.
Is it necessary to insure the car in the host country? Is Ukrainian insurance enough?
The Czech Insurance Bureau provides free insurance coverage for damage caused by an uninsured Ukrainian vehicle for 2 months after crossing the Ukrainian border.
The Czech Insurers' Bureau will also cover the towing of Ukrainian vehicles in the event of a breakdown or accident. Global assistance operates a special telephone number for the Czech Insurers' Bureau, +420 251 032 834, which is intended for Ukrainians who need towing. In order not to create a language barrier, language-assisted assistants were selected to operate this telephone number.
What is a vignette? Do Ukrainian drivers need to buy it? How and where can they buy it?
The Motorway e-Vignette is mandatory when driving on Czech Republic motorways. Exceptions are motorcycles they are free of charge.
The Police of the Czech Republic and Customs Administration of the Czech Republic perform checks by scanning license plate numbers to see whether the vehicle has a valid electronic vignette or whether it is exempt.
The check is performed on the toll road using patrol cars equipped with cameras to scan the license plates, by connecting to control gates, or by checking at rest stops and parking lots.
We recommend purchasing the e-vignette online in advance of your journey to avoid difficulties.
No glue to scratch the window: The e-Vignette is attached to the license plate, so you do not have to stick it to the window or have trouble scratching it. The Digital Vignette can easily be bought online and activated within short time.
How to register the car’s license plate:
You buy the e-Vignette by providing your car’s registration number and paying directly online. You will thus not have to have a physical motorway sticker in the car’s windscreen anymore, as it is the car’s number plate that is used for inspection.
The price and terms of the e-Vignette are the same as for the physical sticker. You can choose between three periods which are:
Etolls is an application for purchasing electronic vignettes to pay for travel in 7 European countries, including Czech, developed by Ukrainians. The application is simple and intuitive. More detailed information is available on the website .
What are the parking rules?
Parking rules in Prague and in the Czech republic:
What are the most common fines? How and where can Ukrainians pay them?
The most common fines in Czech Republic:
What documents are required for registration of trailers/cargo (equipment, furniture, etc.)?
Anyone who operates a road transport vehicle in the Czech Republic for more than 185 days in the given calendar year must have the vehicle registered.
A “road transport vehicle” is a self-propelled or towed vehicle designed for the road carriage of passengers, animals or goods.
Persons enjoying privileges and immunities are granted exemptions from the registration fees on a reciprocal basis.
In the absence of a reciprocal exemption, the following administrative fees are charged for the registration of motor vehicles and issuance of registration plates:
Do Ukrainians need to declare what they bought in Europe?
There are no restrictions on what you can buy and take with you when travelling within the EU provided that the bought products are for you own use and not for resale. Taxes on are already included in the retail price of the product. To determine if the products purchased are intended for your own use, customs authorities may verify the products, e.g. the packages or the quantity. In order to prove that goods are for your own use, authorities may ask to see the receipt or other proof of purchase. If you cannot provide sufficient evidence, you might have to pay duties or the products can be confiscated.
If you carry 10,000 euros or more in cash, alcohol drinks, tobacco products, fuel or other goods including perfume, certain restrictions may apply regarding the quantity and value of the products. For more information please check this site .