Speed limits

Your speed is one of the critical factors that determine your ability to control the vehicle. The fundamental rule regarding choosing your speed is that you should always go with the speed you are comfortable with, taking into account road and weather conditions. It goes without saying that you should never exceed the allowed speed limit. Always reduce your speed before sharp bends, especially if the road conditions are slippery. Adapting your speed to road conditions allows you to stay in control of the vehicle. Even if an accident happens, at a lower speed there are more chances that the consequences will be less serious. When deciding on your vehicle’s speed you should always consider a number of things including overall traffic situation, road conditions, weather conditions, your vehicle's load and your visibility of the traffic ahead.

Basic speed limits

The basic rules regarding speed limits state the following speed limits for certain roads:

  • In built-up areas the speed must not exceed 50 km/h
  • Outside built-up areas the basic speed limit is 70 km/h
  • The speed limit for motorways is 110 km/h

Keep low speed in the following situations:

Certain road conditions and certain parts of the road require lower speeds. Keep low speed in the following situations:

  • when visibility is poor
  • at sharp bends
  • at the brows of hills
  • at densely populated areas
  • near pedestrian crossings
  • approaching cross traffic
  • when passing a scene of an accident
  • when passing road works
  • when approaching a bus which stopped at a bus stop
  • when approaching a tram which stopped at a tram stop
  • when approaching children
  • in residential areas
  • near schools and playgrounds

Remember that by speeding you actually save very little time. It is not worth the risk.



Vehicle Maximum allowed speed


   Bus of total weight exceeding 3,5 tonn




   Heavy goods vehicle (on a motorway or clearway may reach the
speed of 90 km/h)


    Car with caravan


    Motorcar category vehicle with non-braking trailer, whose total
weight (or kerb weight when the trailer is not loaded) does not exceed
half of the motorcar category vehicle kerb's weight


    Motorcycle with trailer


    Motorcar category vehicle with braking semitrailer


    Motorcar category vehicle with dolly and semitrailer




Heavy off-road motor vehicles and motorised equipment class I, 
with or without braking trailer



Motorcar category vehicle with a non-braking trailer whose total
weight (or kerb weight when the trailer is not loaded) exceeds hald of
the motorcar category kerb's weight

Heavy off-road motor vehicle, motorised equipment class I with
non-braking trailer
The trailer's gross weight must not exceed the gross weight of the

Breakdown lorry with vehicle on fixed suspension devise or dolly

Motorcar category vehicle, motorised equipment class I and heavy
off-road motor vehicle with two braking trailers