London, 11 December
This is a TISPOL country driving guide to help drivers visiting Denmark.
- Denmark has around 5.7 million inhabitants and 4,000,000 registered vehicles, of which 2 329 578 are passenger cars. Approximately 50,000 of these vehicles are trucks weighing more than 3.5 tonnes.
- Out of a total of 73,574 road kilometres, there are 1,130 motorway kms and 379 kms of express highways.
- Denmark has Europe¹s oldest monarchy.
- Stroget in the capital Copenhagen is one of the longest shopping streets in Europe.
- Lego started to produce toys in Denmark in 1932 and has now sold more than over 320 bil- lion units of Lego bricks all around the Globe.
- The international vehicle ID code is DK.
- In a collision, do not move your car (unless it is in a dangerous position which might lead to an accident). Swap insurance information and addresses with the other driver. Take photographs of the accident for police and insurance purposes, if it is safe to do so. Under Danish law, all road collisions involving personal injury or disputes about responsibility for an accident must be reported to the local police. You will receive a copy of the police report, which you should hand to your insurance company. In collisions, the police require drivers of vehicles to take a breathalyser test and possibly also blood tests. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is regarded as a serious offence in Denmark. Anyone convicted of an offence of this sort will face a heavy penalty, including the possibility of imprisonment.
- In a vehicle breakdown get the vehicle to the distress lane (if it is available) as soon as possible and call an approved rescue company
- Violations against the regulations of the road traffic act are enforced by the competent traffic and local police officers in Denmark's 12 police districts.
- Penalty ranges are determined in the legal regulations for road traffic
- Danish law enforcement officers are also authorised to issue on-the-spot fines to foreign citizens who must pay the fine before they can proceed. If the driver is unable to pay, the vehicle may be taken into custody until the fine has been settled
- For more information about driving in Denmark please see the European Commission Road Safety website - 'Going Abroad':