Driving in Norway


The Road User Information Center is a traffic organisation which gathers information about road, driving and traffic conditions throughout the country. Information can also be obtained about distances, routes, ferry timetables and axle loads.
Telephone from abroad: +47815 48 991. Phone in Norway: 175
Internet: www.vegvesen.no
Cars, motorcycles and camper vans:

Without trailer With trailer
In a built-up area 50 km/h 50 km/h
Outside built-up area 80 km/h 80 km/h *

Speed limits on motorways are signposted, normally 90 km/h. **

* Motor vehicles towing a trailer without brakes with a gross weight of over 300 kilos, may not exceed 60 km/h even if the local speed limit is higher.

** Motor vehicles with a highest permissible gross weight of more than 3,500 kilos and motor vehicles towing trailers may not exceed 80 km/h even if the local speed limit is higher.

Driving lights, warning triangle and hazard lights:
Dipped headlights are compulsory 24 hours a day.
All cars must be equipped with a warning triangle and hazard lights.
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory. This also applies to the back seat if seat belts are fitted there.
Child safety: Children under 4 must have their own seat or safety
restraint (babies in a cot). Children over 4 years can use normal seat.

Caravan stipulations: No-one is allowed in the caravan when it is
being towed. Remember to shut off the main propane gas tap in the
caravan because of the danger of explosion. On board ferries the main propane gas tap must always be closed.
Caravan mirrors are compulsory. Caravan mirrors must be removed
when the caravan is not linked to the car.
Tyre tread depth: There must be a minimum of 1.6 mm tread on
summer tyres and a minimum of 3.0 mm on winter tyres.
Winter tyres: You can drive with winter tyres with or without studs.
All-year tyres can also be used. Use of studded tyres is allowed from
1 November to the first Monday after Easter. Studded tyres may also be used outside these periods if the weather and road surface conditions make it necessary. In Nordland, Troms and Finnmark studded tyres are allowed during the period 15 October to 1 May. If studded tyres are fitted to a car weighing under 3.5 tonnes, they must be fitted to all four wheels.
Snow chains: A vehicle of 3.5 tonnes or more must carry snow chains if ice or snow is expected on the road. These snow chains must fit the vehicle’s wheels.
Alcohol and other intoxicating or tranquillising medication:
Driving motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or medication is not permitted. Greater concentration of alcohol in the blood than 2 milligrams per millilitre is automatically regarded as intoxication.
Picnic spots: These are meant for picnics, short stays and public
conveniences. Keep picnic spots tidy. Campsites are provided for camping.
Mountain passes: When going over mountain passes there are often very long downhill stretches, when brakes may overheat. To avoid this, drive in a low gear (the gear you would use if you were driving up the slope), This means you will not have to brake so hard and that brakes will not heat up so quickly. When driving up steep slopes the car is required to work hard. Keep an eye on the car’s temperature gauge, because the car can quickly overheat.

During June, July and August, you should expect traffic and queues at ferry terminals. During this period there may also be tailbacks on the E18.
Emergency telephones can be found on mountain stretches and in
tunnels. The following telephone numbers will provide help:
Fire: 110
Police: 112
Ambulance: 113
Or contact directorie enquiries on tel. 1881/1880.
If you require salvage or technical assistance with your vehicle you can call the following 24 hour numbers:
NAF: 810 00 505 (local rate)
Falken: 02 222 (freefone)
Viking: 06 000 (freefone)
Height: No restrictions
Width: 2.55 m*
Total length(car + caravan):18.75m
* Some secondary roads have a maximum width of less than 2.55 m. If your caravan is wider than 2.3 m and more than 50 cm wider than the car, white reflectors must be mounted on the front sides of the mirrors on the car. More information is available from the Road Information
Service, tel. 175, from abroad: +47-915 02 030.
**Drivers of cars and caravans with a combined length of more than
12,40 m must check from the list of national highways and/or
municipal roads whether it is permissable to drive on the intended
road or route. You can also obtain this information from the Roads
Information Service on tel. +47 81 54 89 91.
Statens vegvesen, Vegdirektoratet, P.o.box 8142 D Dep.,
NO-0033 Oslo, NORWAY. Telephone. +47 915 02 030.
From Norway: dial only 020 30
Internet: www.vegvesen.no