Alcohol and driving in the Czech Republic and in other countries

In order to help our customers to avoid unpleasant situations while car rental we want to provide information about the permissible norms of alcohol while driving in the EU counries.

The alcohol intoxication is determined by measuring the level of alcohol concentration in blood (BAL) of a person. If the index of BAL is zero, alcohol was not used and the person is considered to be sober. But in practice there are exceptions. Measuring instruments often have errors, some drugs may intoxicate and a certain percentage of alcohol can be found in the blood of a sober person. To avoid these situations, many governments legitimized the permissible limits of alcohol content in blood.

There are definite laws and rules in Europe related to this subject and they differ from country to country.

“Dry” law for drivers

Despite the tolerant attitude to the presence of alcohol in the blood some European countries, the requirement of absolute zero indication of BLA is in:

The absolute ban on the use of alcohol while driving in the Czech Republic was introduced in 1953. Punishment for violation differs. It depends on the concentration amount of alcohol. There are three divisions: 0-0,3 ‰; 0.3-1 ‰, and more than 1%.

If alcohol intoxication lis ess than 0,3 %, the driver can be charged a fine (from 100 to 700 euros) and the driving license can be stopped up to 6 months.

In case, when the alcohol concentration is 0.3 – 1 %, the penalty will be larger, from 900 to 1,800 euros, and the right to driving can be suspended up to 2 years.

The the worst case when driving with alcohol concentration of more than 1 ‰ in blood, can be viewed as a criminal case and the driver can be imprisoned up to 3 years. By the same law you can be suspended from driving up to 10 years.

According to the authorities such severe penalties are applied to the drivers because the excess of 1 % of alcohol in the blood of drunken drivers, is the most often reason of accidents.

In Slovakia, the “drunk” driving can result in the payment of 200-1000 euros as a fine and a ban on driving up to 5 years. In most of other countries the situation is similar. Fines range from 140 Euros (Romania) to 1,200 euros (Estonia). Most European countries apply the average alcohol concentration of 0,5 ‰. Such system of evaluation operates in Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia, Serbia, France, Switzerland, and others. The penalties remain the same, they slightly differ only in the amount of fine and timing of suspense.

In England, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Andorra governments are very loyal to the drivers. In these countries, driving is allowed at 0.8 ‰ of alcohol in blood. Outside Europe there are places where there is no restriction at all. For example, in Gabon, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Laos you can drive a car with an absolute impunity while intoxicated.