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Expats : things you should know absolutely in order to drive in Luxembourg

You have just arrived in Luxembourg ? Rules, tips, features, procedures... Here are several things you should know absolutely if you want to drive in Luxembourg !

  • To get your driving license in Luxembourg, you must take at least 12 H of theoretical courses (6 H if you are already in possession of an another category of license), followed by 12 H of practical courses taught by a certified driving school

  • To drive in Luxembourg, the authorized maximum level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05%

  • Wearing his seatbelt is compulsory at the front, as well as at the rear of the vehicle

  • You can take a child in the front of the vehicle only from the age of 11 and with a size of 1,50 m

  • The speed limit is 30 km/h or 50 km/h in urban areas, 90 km/h on highways and 130 km/h on motorways

  • You can find suggestive bicycle lanes : cyclists may but must not follow them, and the drivers can use them if necessary

  • There are cycling areas against the flow of traffic, in a one-way street for cars for example. These might be used by cyclists, only if a road marking indicates it

  • In meeting spaces, 20 km/h zones are established, where pedestrians have priority, so they can cross everywhere and at any time

  • Bicycles do not have the right to use bus lanes, except in the case of a contradictory road sign

  • In Luxembourg, the "zipper system" is required, which means that in order to speed up the traffic, each driver on a way yields the passage alternately to another driver making a lane change, before going his own way. Any failure to comply with this act carries criminal sanctions.

  • As it is the case in France, penalty points are used regarding the driving license in Luxembourg, and road traffic offences are therefore punished in the form of withdrawal of points. For those who didn’t get their license in Luxembourg, a virtual 12 points license is given them upon entry into the country.

  • For more information on the Luxembourg road checks and traffic, visit the Cita.lu website. You will find there useful information (construction sites, work sites, technical problems, deviations, hot tips,...) and even the ability to view the roads through a webcam in order to evaluate the traffic!

  • Pay attention to the road markings represented by a rectangle with a cross : it is forbidden to park or stop there. So be careful because some of them are often at the edge of the traffic lights.
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