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Oslo - Driving & Public Transport

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Foreign nationals from the EEA and EU are permitted to use their driving license in Oslo till its validity date in the country of its origin. Foreign nationals of the following nations are allowed to use their driving license for a year in Oslo:

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaia, Canada, the Czech republic, Chile, China, Croatia, Egypt, Estonia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Rumania, Russia, San Mario, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, former Yugoslavia and the former Soviet states.

Such residents would have to appear for a driving test before the lapse of the year after attending driving lessons in Oslo. Expatriates from nations other than the ones mentioned above are required to attend driving lessons from a local driving school, and appear for a theory and practical driving test once they have received or have applied for the residence permit. If they possess a license issued by the authorities in their home country, the same has to be validated at Risløkka Trafikkstasjon, along with the bostedsattest, a document issued by the Folkeregisteret showing your permanent address in Oslo. In case you wear glasses or contact lenses, you need to attach a copy of the optometrist's report.

The same process is to be followed by expatriates from the above mentioned countries that have enjoyed the use of the license from their home country for a year. Those appearing for the practical driving test can hire the car for the day from the driving school:

Risløkka Trafikkstasjon

Visiting address:
Østre Aker vei 50
0581 Oslo

Postal address:

Postboks 342 Økern
0513 Oslo
815 22 000

General Numbers:

Driver's License 22 72 50 30
Car Registration 22 72 50 10

Be prepared for spot checks conducted by the police while you drive in Oslo. Ensure that the following papers are in order and present in your car while you drive: the car's registration papers, a European Accident Statement form which your insurance agent will provide, your driving license, a red warning triangle and a reflective vest. The driver and all passengers in the car need to wear seatbelts, and children below 11 years are required to use a child's seat or pillow.

A car inspection includes a check on the car's brakes, lights, windshield wipers and tyres. Failing to meet the standard requirements would elicit a fine and a 'mangel lapp' detailing the car's deficiencies. These would have to be checked by an authorized garage. Once the repairs are carried out by the garage, the 'mangel lapp' is signed and returned to the police.

In case the car is found unfit for the road, an extreme action of removing its license plates is taken.

Traffic violations are monitored by traffic police stationed at strategic spots, and spot checks for alcohol, speed driving, and crossover to taxi lanes by unauthorized vehicles are taken. Penalties for law breakers include a fine of NOK 1000, seizure of driving license for a year, or a stay of 21 days in jail.

Public Transport in Oslo
The city has an outstanding public transport system – the streetcar or 'trikk', the subway or T-bane and the bus, or 'buss' are commonly used by residents of Oslo. A six month pass called 'klippekort' is a cost saving device for those who use public transport on a regular basis. The punch cards are available at kiosks, bus and train stations.

Taxis or drosje are also very visible on Oslo roads, and can be hailed from the central number: 22 38 80 90. As a newcomer to Oslo, you can use the services of Trafikanten, an excellent guide to the city's roads and public transport schedules. You can call the service at 177 until 11 PM or refer to www.trafikanten.no

For a schedule of trains to and from Oslo, see www.nsb.no/home

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