Driving laws: Drivers aware of vehicle taxes when driving in Europe – how to avoid

UK drivers are set to be affected by a number of car tax changes in the coming months, with further changes to Clean Air Zones (CAZs) and VEDs. For those looking to drive overseas, they may face steep charges when trying to navigate the continent.

Most motorists from the UK wishing to cross Europe by car will usually take the Eurotunnel, which can cost them a reasonable price.

This is by far the most expensive road to travel in Europe passing under the Strait of Dover in Calais, France.

At €132 or £110 for cars to cross, it costs more than twice as much as any other single toll in Europe.

Although this is a huge tax compared to the others on the list, the tunnel is the only route to drive a vehicle from mainland Europe to the UK and vice versa.

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Drivers should be prepared for a cost of £40 (€47) when going through the tunnels.

Motorists are also urged to expect minor delays at peak times, with the route seeing 20 million vehicles pass through in the first 20 years alone.

Of the 30 most expensive European toll roads, 20 are in Austria, with these roads all charging a toll of at least €11 or £9.20.

The data, from Moneybarn, compared these totals to toll roads in the UK, which pale in comparison.

The most expensive toll road in the UK is the M6 ​​Toll in the West Midlands which costs £7.

This route is estimated to bring in around £53.7 million a year.

Although the Dartford Tunnel charges just £2.50 per crossing, it is estimated to receive over £209million a year, more than the rest of the top five combined.

Motorists are also being warned of rising toll prices in France, with changes due to be launched in February.

Tolls will increase by an average of 2% from February 1.

This was met with some backlash, with many pointing out that they were originally introduced as a way to pay for highway construction, and the construction costs of most of them have been covered over the past decade.

Concession companies to operate the highways say they need a raise to make up for wage increases and loss of revenue during the shutdowns.

Any driver will also have to comply with the new tire laws or face a fine.

Since November 2021, some mountainous regions required drivers to have winter tires fitted between November and March each year.

Mary I. Bruner