Driving in London

If you're planning to drive while in London, make sure you've read our quick guide to hitting the streets.

Remember to drive on the left in the UK!

It's a good idea to avoid driving in Central London particularly at peak times. London has a well-developed public transport system which often offers the quickest way to get from A to B.

However, if you do decide to drive in London make sure you are fully aware of the rules of the road. Most importantly, remember that in the UK we drive on the left!

All drivers must wear seatbelts and passengers must wear them where fitted. Car seats or appropriate restraints are compulsory for children. Motorcyclists must wear a helmet.

See the Department for Transport website for full details of the legal requirements for drivers. You should also obtain a copy of the Highway Code, available at AA and RAC outlets and in many bookshops. Buy the Official Highway Code now.

See also our guides to Parking in London, the Congestion Charge and Car Hire in London.

Motorbikes and Scooters in London

If you're planning to ride a motorcycle or scooter in London, you should be aware that many roads are narrow, busy and congested. BikeSafe is an initiative run by the police for both new and experienced riders where police motorcyclists teach you safer riding skills specific to the streets of London. The courses are suitable for locals, motorbike or scooter-riding tourists and students as well as corporate clients. Take a look at the BikeSafe website for more information and to book.

Driving Licence and Insurance in the UK

A non-UK driving licence is valid in Britain for up to 12 months from the time of your last entry into the country. Make sure you are adequately insured.

London Maps

Find your way around London with a pocket atlas or similar guide. One of these will make London's complex road network much more navigable. Buy a Collins Pocket Atlas now.

Driving and Car Hire in London for Disabled People

Disabled Motoring UK aims to promote and protect the welfare of disabled people and to promote their personal mobility. More information can be found on the Disabled Motoring UK website

There are car hire agencies in London that specialise in adapted vehicles for people with disabilities. For more information visit the Mobility Centre website

Live Traffic Updates for London

The government's Highways Agency provides up to the minute traffic news so you can avoid problem roads in England. See the Highways Agency traffic news website