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Driving rules and behaviour on motorways
- Motorway is a public road especially built for the traffic of motor vehicles. It has two separate carriageways for the two way traffic and each consists of at least two traffic lanes of 3.5 m and an emergency lane without the at-level junction.
- Motorways are intended only for the traffic of motor vehicles and therefore it shall not be accessed by pedestrians, horse-drawn vehicles, bicycles, animals, nor by the vehicles unable to achieve moving speed greater than 60 km/h.
- On motorways it is not permitted to exceed the speed limit of 130 km/h, i.e. the limit prescribed with the installed traffic sign.
- On motorways drivers are not allowed to stop or park the vehicles except in the areas that are especially marked and dedicated to it.
- The broken down vehicles on the pavement shall be stopped on the emergency lane and steps shall be undertaken to remove it from the pavement in a shortest time possible.
- On motorways the driver shall not make an U turn nor shall he move backwards except in the areas especially prepared for that purpose.
- Motor vehicles hauling another vehicle that cannot move on its own due to a breakdown or some defects are not allowed on motorways. Exceptionally, breakdown lorries are permitted on motorways if the breakdown took place on the very motorway and they are only permitted to move on the right traffic lane till the first access road (interchange, rest area) on which breakdown lorries can be removed from the motorway traffic.
- On motorways vehicles shall move on the furthermost right traffic lane if it is not crowded by lined-up vehicles and drivers can change traffic lanes to move quicker only by moving to the left traffic lane.
- On motorways drivers are not permitted to move from one traffic lane to another (slalom driving), nor are they permitted to overtake using emergency lanes or to ignore the safe distance rule, to rush the vehicles in front of them or to take any other action that might in any way be a hazard for other participants in the traffic (e.g. by giving light or sound signals).
- On motorways with three or more traffic lanes intended for one-way traffic the drivers of heavy vehicles with the maximum permissible load greater than 3.500 kg and vehicles with trailers whose length exceeds 7 m are only allowed to use two traffic lanes by the right edge of the carriageway.
- The driver that is entering the motorway traffic shall use a special fast lane after making sure that he can do that without putting in peril other participants in traffic and by taking into consideration the position of vehicles as well as the speed and direction of driving.
- The driver that is exiting the motorway traffic shall enter in time the furthermost right traffic lane and move to a special climbing lane as soon as possible.