Rights and obligations of road users

The Compilation of Traffic Rules represents an extract from the Traffic Act. The aim of the extract is to simplify the procedure of finding and understanding traffic rules for road users. The rules, i.e. the rights and duties of road users, which must be adhered to in everyday traffic have been extracted from the legislation. All parts that are not immediately integral in traffic have been left out.

Thanks to these selections, the 100-page Traffic Act has been assembled into a 30-page compilation of traffic rules. The wording of the legislation has not been changed in the extract of traffic rules and the distribution of rules is the same as in the act, as is the numeration of sections. Some sections have been moved in the text, for instance, the section on the rules of cyclists is followed by the requirements set out for the bicycle and the cyclist. General provisions set out the definitions, meaning of traffic light signals and the directions given by an authorised official, as well as environmental protection requirements. General rules concern the traffic rules, highest permitted travel speed, general duties, giving way, stopping, parking and traversing a level crossing. This is followed by rules regarding pedestrians and passengers.

The rules on cyclists, drivers of segways, mini mopeds and mopeds also set out the requirements established for the bicycle, segway and mini moped, as well as the requirements applicable to the cyclist and the driver of a mini moped.

Traffic rules concerning the driver set out the general duties of the driver, general requirements for the carriage of passengers and goods, duties of the driver in regard to more vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists,  as well as the additional safety requirements for children, provisions regarding public transport vehicles and signals of the driver. The rules on drivers also include the use of lights, position of the vehicle and separation and lateral distance, turns and changing lanes, speed, overtaking, passing and crossing intersections and level crossings.

Requirements for emergency stopping, drawing, traffic in calm traffic areas, on motorways, ice roads and in tunnels, requirements for driving animal-drawn vehicles and riding animals, special rights of drivers with mobility disability and drivers of vehicles servicing people with mobility disability or blind people, as well as the most important information regarding traffic accidents have been included as well.

Use of the compilation is made easier by the table of contents, which enables to access the desired topic quickly by clicking on the relevant row. Furthermore, entries that are set out in blue are linked with other referred provisions or documents and will take you directly to them.

The compilation of traffic rules has been compiled by specialists with extensive knowledge of traffic rules and the background thereof with the best of intentions to try and perceive and bring out only the part of the Traffic Act that is necessary for road users in everyday traffic. The non-included part of the Traffic Act is by no means less important in the legal sense, but the compilers find that it is possible to successfully participate in traffic without knowing it in detail.

What you need to know when participating in daily traffic – read more here (312.2 KB, PDF).