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.

Central Asia

  • Kyrgyzstan: 0.05%
  • Mongolia: 0.02%
  • Turkmenistan: 0.033%

East Asia

  • 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)

Northern Asia

  • Russia: 0.02 - 0.05%

South Asia

  • Pakistan: No limit, alcohol is banned.
  • India: 0.03%
  • Nepal: No limit
  • Sri Lanka: 0.06%

Southeast Asia

  • 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

Western Asia

  • 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%

Africa

  • 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%

North America

  • Canada: 0.08% (more information throughout site)
  • Mexico: 0.08%
  • United States: 0.08%

Caribbean

  • Cuba: Zero - 0.01% (Has increased within the last couple years)
  • Dominican Republic: Zero (0.05% for professional drivers)
  • Jamaica: 0.035%

Central America

  • 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%

South America

  • 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%

European Union

  • 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%[17] 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

Oceania

  • 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.

Other

  • French Polynesia: 0.05%
  • Micronesia: 0.05%
  • Palau: 0.01%



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