Legal Limits Around The World
Have you ever wondered what the legal limit is for the amount of alcohol you can have in your system while driving a vehicle around the world? Below is a list of the legal limits around the world.
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- Kyrgyzstan: 0.05%
- Mongolia: 0.02%
- Turkmenistan: 0.033%
- China: 0.02% (CNY $200-$500 fine, 1-3 months license suspension); 0.08% (up to 15 days prison, 3-6 months license suspension, CNY 500-2000 fine)
- Hong Kong: 0.05% If driving under alcohol influence beyond legal limit, one can be fined and jailed for up to 3 years.
- Japan: 0.03% [since June 2002]
- Republic of Korea: 0.05%
- Taiwan: 0.05% (BrAC 0.25mg/L)
- Pakistan: No limit, alcohol is banned.
- India: 0.03%
- Nepal: No limit
- Sri Lanka: 0.06%
- Cambodia: 0.05%
- Laos: No limit
- Malaysia: 0.05%
- Philippines: No limit
- Singapore: 0.08% or BrAC: 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath, strictly enforced.
- Thailand: 0.05%
- Indonesia: No limit (alcohol is sometimes banned)
- Vietnam: No limit
- Armenia: Zero
- Azerbaijan: Zero
- Georgia: 0.03%
- Iran: No limit, alcohol is banned.
- Israel: 0.05%
- Jordan: Zero
- Kuwait: No limit, alcohol is banned.
- Saudi Arabia: No limit, alcohol is banned.
- Turkey: Zero for commercial transport and public service drivers. Turkey's 0.05% limit only applies to passenger-less compact vehicles; for all others it is 0.00%
- Algeria: 0.01%
- Benin: 0.05%
- Cape Verde: 0.08%
- Central African Republic: 0.08%
- Comoros: No limit
- Congo: No limit
- Egypt: 0.05%
- Equatorial Guinea: Zero
- Eritrea: Zero
- Ethiopia: No limit
- The Gambia: Zero
- Ghana: 0.08%
- Guinea: Zero
- Guinea-Bissau: 0.05%
- Kenya: 0.08%
- Malawi: Zero
- Mauritius: 0.05%
- Namibia: 0.05%
- Niger: 0.08%
- Seychelles: 0.08%
- South Africa: 0.05% and 0.02% for professional drivers (truck over 3.5 tonnes, and vehicles carrying passengers for reward)
- Togo: 0.042%
- Uganda: 0.08%
- Tanzania: 0.05%
- Zambia: 0.08%
- Canada: 0.08% (more information throughout site)
- Mexico: 0.08%
- United States: 0.08%
- Cuba: Zero - 0.01% (Has increased within the last couple years)
- Dominican Republic: Zero (0.05% for professional drivers)
- Jamaica: 0.035%
- Belize: 0.08%
- Costa Rica: 0.049% Lincense plates are immediately removed from the drunk driver's vehicle.
- El Salvador: 0.05%
- Guatemala: 0.08%
- Nicaragua: 0.08%
- Panama: 0.08%
- Argentina: 0.05% for cars, 0.02% for motorcyles.
- Bolivia: 0.07%
- Brazil: 0.02% legally zero but a 0.02% tolerance is in place until the new law is regulated. If driving under the influence of alcohol, one can be fined - R$ 957 ($600) and 1-year prohibition; imprisonment if involved in an accident or found with more than 0.06% BAC (since June 2008)
- Chile: 0.049%
- Colombia: 0.04%
- Ecuador: 0.07%
- Guyana: 0.01%
- Honduras: 0.07%
- Paraguay: 0.08%
- Peru: 0.045%
- Suriname: 0.08%
- Venezuela: 0.05%
- Austria: 0.05% and 0.01% for drivers who have held a licence for less than 2 years and drivers of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes
- Belgium: 0.05%
- Bulgaria: 0.05%
- Czech Republic: Zero
- Cyprus: Zero
- Denmark: 0.05%, imprisonment if over 0.08%, zero if involved in an accident
- Estonia: Zero
- France: 0.05%, 0.08% (aggravated)
- Finland: 0.05%, 0.12% (aggravated)
- Germany: Zero for beginners (less than 2 years' experience and drivers under the age of 21) as well as drivers making commercial transportation of passengers; 0.03% in conjunction with any other traffic offence or accident; 0.05% without evidence of alcoholic impact; penalty for 0.11% is driver licence withdrawn for about one year; for 0.16% regranting of the licence requires a successful medical-psychological driver assessment
- Greece: 0.05% and 0.02% for drivers who have held a license for less than 2 years and bus drivers
- Hungary: Zero
- Ireland: 0.08%, to be reduced to 0.05% or 0.02% for learner and professional drivers.
- Italy: 0.05%
- Latvia: 0.02% for drivers with less than 2 years' experience and 0.05% for those with more than 2 years' experience
- Lithuania: 0.04%
- Luxembourg: 0.05% and 0.02% for professional drivers and drivers with less than 2 years of experience (since October 1st, 2007)
- Malta: 0.08%
- Netherlands: 0.05%, 0.02% for drivers with less than 5 years experience.
- Poland: 0.02%
- Portugal: 0.05%
- Romania: Zero
- Slovakia: Zero
- Slovenia: Zero for drivers with 2 years or less experience and professional drivers, 0.24 mg/l (0.05%) for all others.
- Spain: 0.05% and 0.03% for drivers with less than 2 years experience and drivers of freight vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, and of passenger vehicles with more than 9 seats.
- Sweden: 0.02% (up to 6 months imprisonment), 0.10% (up to 2 years imprisonment)
- United Kingdom: 0.08%
Other European Countries
- Albania: 0.01%
- Belarus: 0.05%
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: 0.05%
- Croatia: Zero for professional drivers and drivers under 24 years of age, 0.05% for all others
- Gibraltar: 0.05%
- Iceland: 0.05%
- Liechtenstein: 0.08%
- Moldova: 0.03%
- Norway: 0.02%
- Switzerland: 0.05%
- Serbia: 0.05%
- Ukraine: Zero
- Australia: 0.05% is the maximum for all states and territories; 0.05% for motorcyclists and all other drivers; 0.02% for drivers holding a learner, provisional, probationary or restricted licence; or for drivers of a heavy vehicle (>4,500 kg GVM), dangerous goods vehicle, Commonwealth (government) vehicle, public passenger vehicle (e.g. taxi or bus), private hire car or restricted hire car
- New South Wales: Zero for Learner and Provisional Licenses; 0.02% for Drivers of vehicles of "gross vehicle mass" greater than 13.9 tonnes, vehicles carrying dangerous goods or public vehicles such as a taxi or bus; 0.05% for all other drivers.
- Northern Territory: Zero for provisional (probationary) license holders; 0.05% for all other drivers.
- Queensland: A Zero limit applies to the drivers of trucks, buses, articulated vehicles, vehicles carrying dangerous goods, pilot vehicles, taxis, all learner drivers and provisional drivers under 25 years of age; 0.05% for other drivers; Zero limit for methamphetamine, Cannabis and MDMA.
- South Australia: Zero limit for learner, provisional, probationary, heavy (greater than 15 tonne) vehicle, taxis, licensed chauffeured vehicles, dangerous goods, and bus licences; 0.05% for all other drivers; Zero limit for methamphetamine, Cannabis and MDMA.
- Tasmania: Zero limit for learner, provisional, truck, bus, and taxi licences; 0.05% for all other drivers.
- Victoria: Zero limit applies for unlicensed drivers, holders of learner permits and probationary licences, "professional" drivers, and certain relicensed drink-drivers; below 0.05% for most other drivers; Zero limit for methamphetamine, Cannabis and MDMA.
- Western Australia: 0.02% for learner, provisional (probationary) licence holders (0.00% as from July 1 2008) or persons convicted of driving under the influence (for three years after the offence) and failing to comply with a request for breath, blood or urine (for three years after the offence).; 0.05% for all other drivers.
- New Zealand: 0.03% for under-20; 0.08% for over twenty.
- French Polynesia: 0.05%
- Micronesia: 0.05%
- Palau: 0.01%