Autotravel in Europe

Fines for not using dipped headlights in Europe

Requirements for using dipped headlights

Use dipped headlights during the day is compulsory in many European countries. They serve as daytime running lights. Their use is aimed at improving vehicle visibility for pedestrians and other road users.

On the map below blue color shows the countries in which using of dipped headlights in the daytime optional, but red - is necessary.

Using dipped headlights in Europe

Country Compulsory Fines Note
Albania no    
Andorra no   compulsory for motorcycles
Armenia no    
Austria no   compulsory for motorcycles
Azerbaijan no   compulsory for motorcycles
Belarus no   compulsory for motorcycles;
compulsory when towing a trailer
Belgium no   compulsory for motorcycles
Bosnia and Herzegovina yes BAM 30  
Bulgaria yes BGN 20  
Croatia yes HRK 300 from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March
Cyprus no    
Czech yes CZK 2,000  
Denmark yes DKK 500  
Estonia yes to € 200  
Finland yes € 50  
France no   only recommended;
compulsory for motorcycles
Georgia no    
Germany no   only recommended;
compulsory for motorcycles
Great Britain no    
Greece no   compulsory for motorcycles
Hungary yes from HUF 10,000 compulsory outside built-up areas
Iceland yes ISK 5,000  
Ireland no   compulsory for motorcycles
Italy yes from € 38 compulsory outside built-up areas;
compulsory for motorcycles
Latvia yes € 7  
Liechtenstein no    
Lithuania yes to € 86  
Luxembourg no   only recommended;
compulsory for motorcycles
Macedonia yes MKD 2,000  
Malta no    
Moldova yes from MDL 60  
Montenegro yes from € 30  
Netherlands no    
Norway yes from NOK 2,000  
Poland yes PLN 200  
Portugal no   compulsory for motorcycles
Romania yes from RON 134 compulsory outside built-up areas
Russia yes RUB 500  
Serbia yes from RSD 3,000  
Slovakia yes from € 65  
Slovenia yes from € 40  
Spain no   compulsory for motorcycles
Sweden yes from SEK 400  
Switzerland yes CHF 40  
Turkey no    
Ukraine yes   from the 1 October to the 1 May

Use of fog lamps during the daytime instead dipped headlights is prohibited.

From February 1, 2011, according to UNECE №87, all new vehicles must be equipped with daytime running lights. There is no requirement to retro-fit DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) to existing cars.

In the heat map below, you can clearly see what country has greater penalties. Green color means less fine, red is bigger.

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