All driving lessons and preparation must be carried out with a registered driving school and candidates will need various documents, including proof of residence, a medical certificate and photo ID.
Learning to drive begins with theory lessons and a written or oral test. Applicants learn the Luxembourg Highway Code (Code de la Route), with learning aids provided by the driving school. They must successfully pass the theory test before beginning on-the-road practical driving lessons – a minimum of 16 hours driving with an instructor – followed by a one-hour practical examination.
Successful drivers remain subject to special rules for their first two years at the wheel. After passing the test, they initially receive a probationary licence that comes with various restrictions, such as lower speed limits and a reduced blood alcohol level.
Driving candidates must take a compulsory training course between three months (or after driving at least 3,000 kilometres) and two years, at the Colmar-Berg driver training centre (Centre de Formation pour Conducteurs, or CFC), in order to obtain a full licence.
Luxembourg’s driving rules are like those in most other European countries. The speed limit is 50 kph in urban areas, 90 kph in outside towns and 130 kph on motorways, or 110 kph when it’s raining or if conditions are otherwise impaired by the weather, as in France. The limit in Belgium is 120 kph.
Speeding offences attract on-the-spot fines. The drink-driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the same as in France, but lower than the 80mg limit in the UK. For probationary drivers, the limit is just 20mg.
Equipped with a valid licence, large swathes of Europe are yours to explore, with Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris and Cologne just a few hours’ drive away, and Switzerland, southern France and Northern Italy not much further. Happy motoring!