About AMSS

The Automobile and Motorcycle Association of Serbia (AMSS) is an independent, national association of motorists, managed by its members, where the main task is the protection of all AMSS members in the field of automobile mobility and tourism, improvement of road safety through numerous preventive-safety activities, and free services for all road users.

AMSS was founded in Belgrade, in the distant 1921. Today, it is the most socially responsible and most successful business organization in Serbia, in the field of automobile mobility and road safety. AMSS today is the founder of 24 enterprises and majority owner of the AMS Insurance Ltd., with the largest network of car centres in more than 70 cities and towns across Serbia, offering all kinds of services to motorists.

AMSS provides numerous services within its business system, including: roadside assistance and car repair services, vehicle inspections, vehicle registration and insurance, driver's training and issuing of a learner driver's manual, issuing of international traffic (IDP), customs (CPD) and touring documents (CCI), attestations and ADR certificates, examination of the authenticity and origin of vehicles and their values, sales and servicing of tachographs, ETC tag subscription and recharging, shipping services, examination of road signs and equipment for technical inspections, tourist services, etc.

AMSS is the leading road safety stakeholder in Serbia, and has been investing huge amounts of money and resources in improving the road safety system. AMSS also organizes massive preventive campaigns in three areas within the safe road system – road users, vehicles and roads. AMSS experts have developed operational systems and software for the centralized monitoring and analysis of driving schools, technical inspections and safety of road infrastructure.

Since 1969, AMSS has been continually organizing mass traffic education contests for more than 200.000 elementary school children, through the national and international events “What do you know about traffic?”. This continuous work, as an example of an extraordinary contribution to the safety of the youngest road users, resulted in gold and silver medals won at the FIA European Traffic Education Contests.

Traditionally, twice a year, AMSS organizes seasonal actions of free of charge vehicle check-ups, where more than ten thousand vehicles are examined for their roadworthiness.

In a popular activity aimed at safety of motorcyclists – „Helmet Saves Your Head“, AMSS contributes to safety of a thousand of motorcyclists per year by giving away safety helmets to them.
AMSS provides numerous free services to drivers. Almost a million of citizens a year get free information, advice and assistance about traffic by simply dialing the number 1987. Every day, several million of people watch and listen to the AMSS TV and radio broadcast called “Road conditions”, where information and advice on roads in the country are provided via more than 80 media channels.

Hundreds of AMSS staff and mobile crews are ready to respond, day and night, to a 1987 roadside assistance number, which is a symbol of AMSS care for drivers, and to also offer efficient help to anyone in need of assistance. Furthermore, AMSS members are entitled to free roadside assistance in Europe and Serbia.

All these campaigns and free services provided to millions of citizens of Serbia are worth over 1.5 million EUR per year, and are financed from AMSS funds.

AMSS is the leader in developing automobile sports, and is the Organizer of the long-standing international rally event called “Rally Serbia”.

As a distinguished member of the FIA and of many other international organizations, AMSS has hosted a few international meetings and congresses so far. The FIA Region I international conference was a particular success in terms of organization, for which AMSS was highly praized by FIA officials and colleagues from FIA clubs.


AMSS is also the regional leader of the road assessment programmes EuroRAP/iRAP. These programmes are carried out by AMSS experts and included so far road inspections in numerous European countries, such as Slovenia, the Netherlands, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Serbia. The engagement of AMSS in this programme resulted in a special commendation presented to AMSS in 2012, for the extraordinary contribution to the implementation and development of this programme.

International recognition and successful cooperation with the FIA and European automobile clubs brings reputation and international road safety and other related standards to AMSS and Serbia. It also provides safety, security and benefits to AMSS members and other motorists, throughout Europe.

AMSS has been working permanently on the improvement of roadside assistance services intended for AMSS and FIA clubs' members, through a constant modernization of its fleet and continual patrolmen training. This has reconfirmed the position of AMSS as one of the most successful European clubs in the area of roadside assistance. AMSS has been awarded twice the title of the best performing roadside assistance service provider, by ARC Europe (2004 and 2009).

By implementing all these activities, AMSS improves the level of services offered to all the motorists, focusing on special benefits to its members, improving at the same time the overall level of road safety in Serbia, thus giving a special contribution to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the launch of which was led by AMSS, in Belgrade, in May 2011.


AMSS provides numerous free services to drivers. Almost a million of citizens a year get free information, advice and assistance about traffic by simply dialing the number 1987. Every day, several million people watch and listen to the AMSS TV and radio broadcast called “Road conditions”, where information and advice on roads in the country are provided via more than 80 media channels.

Hundreds of AMSS staff and mobile crews are ready to respond, day and night, to a 1987 roadside assistance number, which is a symbol of AMSS care for drivers, and to also offer efficient help to anyone in need of assistance. Furthermore, AMSS members are entitled to free roadside assistance in Europe and Serbia.

All these campaigns and free services provided to millions of citizens of Serbia are worth over 1.5 million Euros per year, and are financed from AMSS funds.

AMSS is the leader in developing automobile sports, and is the rganizer of the long-standing international rally event called “Serbia Rally”.

As a distinguished member of the FIA and of many other international organizations, AMSS has hosted a few international meetings and congresses. The FIA Region I international conference  was particularly successfully organized, for which AMSS was highly praized by FIA officials and   colleagues from FIA clubs.

AMSS is also the regional leader of the road assessment programmes EuroRAP/iRAP. These programmes are carried out by AMSS experts and included so far numerous European countries, such as Slovenia, the Netherlands, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia and Serbia. The engagement of AMSS in this programme resulted in a special commendation presented to AMSS in 2012, for the extraordinary contribution to the implementation and development of this programme.

International recognition and successful cooperation with FIA and European automobile clubs is bringing reputation and international road safety and other related standards to AMSS and Serbia, as well as security and benefits to AMSS members and other motorists, throughout Europe.
 
AMSS has been working permanently on the improvement of roadside assistance services intended for AMSS and FIA clubs' members, through a constant modernization of its fleet and continual training of patrolmen. This has reconfirmed the position of AMSS as one of the most successful European clubs in the area of roadside assistance. AMSS has been awarded twice the title of the best roadside assistance service provider, by ARC Europe (2004 and 2009).

By carrying out all these activities, AMSS improves the level of services offered to all the motorists, focusing on special benefits to its members, improving at the same time the overall level of road safety in Serbia, thus giving a special contribution to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, the launch of which was led by AMSS, in Belgrade, in May 2011.

 

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Entry formalities

Visa regulations
Citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and also of Macedonia and Montenegro, may enter the Republic of Serbia using their identity cards and stay up to 90 days.

Other nationals are required to have a valid passport (and visa, if required). For further details concerning visa requirements, please see the following link: www.mfa.gov.rs/en/consular-affairs/entry-serbia/visa-regime

Currency regulations
Import Local currency: up to 10,000 EUR (equivalent in RSD).
Foreign currency: unlimited, with declaration.
Export
Local currency: up to 10,000 EUR (equivalent in RSD).
Foreign currency: unlimited, but value must not exceed the amount imported.

Traffic rules and regulations


Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.03 per cent or more or if a medical examination shows that normal bodily functions are impaired, severe penalties include fine, imprisonment and/or suspension of driving licence. Nil alcohol is permitted for motorcyclists, novice and professional drivers. Police can carry out random breath tests. All drivers will be tested for alcohol and narcotics if involved in an accident. Drivers who refuse a test will be automatically imprisoned.

Driving licence: Minimum age at which foreign licence holder may drive a temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle (exceeding 125cc) is 18 years.
Driving licences issued in EU are recognized in Serbia. Other driving licences must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit (IDP), on a reciprocity basis.

Lights: It is compulsory to use daytime running lights or dipped headlights during the day. A fine will be imposed for non-compliance.

Motorcycles: Wearing crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and passenger on a motorcycle, moped, motorised tricycle and quadricycle. Crash helmets must be homologated. The use of headlights during the day is compulsory. Passengers on motorcycles are not permitted to be under the influence of alcohol. Children aged 12 and under are not permitted as passengers on motorcycles.

Passengers/Children in cars: A person visibly under the influence of alcohol is not permitted to travel in a vehicle as a front seat passenger.
Children up to 3 years can travel in the front seat of a car on condition that they are placed in a rear facing child restraint adapted to their size and that the airbag is deactivated. Child seats must be homologated to comply with the ECE R44/04 standard and fitted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Children from 3 to 12 years of age must not travel in the front seat of a vehicle and if transported in the rear seats they must wear a seat belt.

Seat belts: Compulsory use at front and also rear seats (if fitted).

Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may vary according to the road signs, for private vehicles without trailers is the following: in built-up areas - 50 km/h (31 mph), outside built-up areas - 80 km/h (49 mph), 100 km/h (62 mph) on dual carriageways and 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways. Maximum speed limit in school areas is 30 km/h (18 mph).

Novice drivers can drive at 90% of the speed limits detailed above.

The use or carriage of radar detectors is prohibited.

The authorities at the frontier must certify any visible damage to a vehicle entering Serbia, for which a certificate must be obtained; it must be produced when leaving the country, otherwise drivers may experience serious difficulties if not presenting the certificate upon leaving.

 Vehicles already in the roundabout have the right of way.

 Horns must not be used in built up areas or at night, except in cases of imminent danger.

 Buses must not be overtaken when they stop for passengers to board or alight.

 The front windscreen must not be tinted. The front side windscreens can be tinted to a maximum of 30%. The rear windscreen and the side windscreens can be tinted up to 100%.

 The European Accident claim form must be completed if an accident involves a Serbian registered vehicle. Therefore it is recommended that a European Accident claim form be carried on board the vehicle.

Fines and penalties for traffic offences



Fines: Fines are no longer payable on-the-spot, a ticket will be issued by the policeman.  The tickets are required to be settled at post offices or banks within 8 days.  Fines vary according to the gravity of the offence. If a motorist endangers other people or causes an accident, fines may be higher or he may be sent to jail and his driving licence may be withdrawn for between 30 days and 6 months.

Minimum and maximum fines

Traffic violation Penalty
not wearing the seat belt or driving with a child on the front seat 5,000 RSD
illegal turning 6,000-20,000 + 2 points (not causing an accident),
10,000-40,000 + 3 points or 45 days jail (causing an accident)
overtaking 6,000-20,000 + 2 points or 30 days jail (not causing an accident)
10,000-40,000 + 3 points or 45 days jail (causing an accident)
unlawful parking 5,000
disregard of priority at intersection; 6,000-20,000 + 3 points (not causing an accident)
10,000-40,000 + 4 points or 45 days jail (causing an accident)
driving through red/amber traffic light 15,000-30,000 + 6 points or 30 days jail and withdrawal of licence for 3 months (not causing an accident)
30,000-50,000 + 9 points or 60 days jail and withdrawal of licence for 5 months (causing an accident)
driving through red traffic light when a pedestrian is waiting at a crossing 14 points, 15 days in jail and withdrawal of licence for 8 months (not causing an accident)
16 points, 45 days in jail and withdrawal of licence for 10 months (causing an accident)

 

Exceeding the speed limit - private cars:

In built-up areas  
up to 10 km/h 3,000
from 10 to 21 km/h 5,000
from 21 to 50 km/h 6,000 to 20,000 + 4 points
from 51 to 70 km/h 15,000 to 30,000 + 7 points
over 70 km/h 14 points, 30 days jail minimum
Outside built-up areas  
up to 20 km/h 3,000
from 21 to 40 km/h 5,000
from 41 to 60 km/h 6,000 to 20,000 + 3 points
from 61 to 80 km/h 15,000 to 30,000 + 6 points
over 80 km/h 14 points, 30 days jail minimum

 

Driving under the influence of alcohol:

Blood alcohol level General Special categories of drivers*
up to 0.03% - 5,000 RSD
from 0.031 to 0.05 % 5,000 5,000
from 0.05 to 0.12% 6,000 to 20,000 + 6 points 6,000 to 20,000 + 6 points
from 0.12 to 0.16% 15,000 to 30,000 + 10 points 15,000 to 30,000 + 10 points
from 0.16 to 0.2% 15,000 to 30,000 + 12 points 15,000 to 30,000 + 12 points
over 0.2% minimum 15 days jail + 14 points minimum 15 days jail + 14 points

* Special categories of drivers include learner-drivers, novice drivers, coach and bus drivers - for a complete list see the section on Alcohol limits.
 

Presence of psycho-active substances

Without accident:
- fine 15,000 to 30,000 RSD or imprisonment up to 30 days, + 8 penalty points and withdrawal of driving licence for 6 months
After an accident:
- fine 30,000 to 50,000 RSD, + 8 penalty points and withdrawal of driving licence for 8 months

Compulsory equipment for vehicles


First aid kit – Type A for motorcycles, type B for other vehicles. Excludes mopeds.
Warning triangle – compulsory for passenger cars. Two if towing a trailer. Not required for two wheeled vehicles.
Winter equipment – From 1st November to 1st April, if the weather conditions require so (snow, glaze, ice on the road surface), winter tyres (marked M&S) will have to be fitted on the drive wheels of all motor vehicles up to 3.5 t and must have a minimum of 4 mm tread.
Snow chains must be used if the International ‘Snow chains’ sign is displayed. Spiked tyres are prohibited.
Reflective jacket – it is compulsory to carry reflective jacket in the passenger compartment. Any person exiting a vehicle to walk on the road must wear the reflective jacket.
Spare wheel – Must be of the same dimensions and load of those fitted (mopeds, motorcycles excluded)
Towing rope – Minimum 3 – 5 m, Towing bar – 3 m.
Safety helmet – must be homologated, but not older than 5 years (from the year of production).


Road tolls

Road tolls are payable on most sections of the motorways in Serbia and can be paid in cash, in RSD or in EUR.
Road tolls are payable on most sections of the motorways in Serbia and can be paid in cash, RSD, EUR or by a credit card (Mastercard, Maestro, Visa or American Express cards, as well as the national Dina card).
 Further details on toll prices at the following link:
www.amss.org.rs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=176&Itemid=139

 Electronic toll collection (ETC) tags have been in use since 2006 on E-75 motorway sections. Tags are mounted on the inner side of the windscreen of the vehicle and are detachable when not in use. Tags are credited with a pre-paid amount and the toll price is deducted when the vehicle approaches a toll booth. ETC tags are available at AMSS offices.
www.amss.org.rs/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=175&Itemid=140


Emergency Numbers

Police: 192
Fire service: 193
Medical emergency: 194
Roadside assistance AMSS: 1987
In order to make a call from abroad, you have to dial, for example, + 381 11 1987.


Roadside Assistance

AMSS offers roadside assistance services – primary and secondary – on a 24/7/365 basis. Breakdown, towing and other services are provided quickly and efficiently, in accordance with the European standards and service provider agreements (SMARC, SNAKE, Mobile guarantees, etc).
 In order to obtain a service, AMSS members must dial the number of the Operations Centre (OC) - 1987, from the land line and mobile phones.
 Foreign motorists must call their home clubs that will organize appropriate assistance through AMSS OC. Other motorists can also call the AMSS OC number, by dialling + 381 11 1987.
 AMSS provides maximum service levels, safety and security to all the motorists in need of a roadside assistance, throughout the country.

Other information

Fuel: Diesel, unleaded petrol, LPG and CNG are available. Petrol in a can is permitted (duty payable). Credit cards are generally accepted (though it should be checked with the home card issuer, before travel, if they are used in Serbia).

Motor insurance: The Republic of Serbia signed the Multilateral Agreement (MA) in 2011 according to which Green card is no longer needed as from 1 January 2012, neither for Serbian drivers travelling abroad, nor for foreign drivers coming to Serbia.
However, the countries that are not part of this MA include: Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Israel, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco.
Green cards must bear the new sign for Serbia (SRB), and NOT the old sign (SCG). Vehicles which do not have a valid green card are required to take out a short term insurance at the border, when entering Serbia.

Currency and Credit Cards
he currency in Serbia is the Dinar (RSD), divided into 100 para.
Bank notes: 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 RSD.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 RSD.

International credit cards such as Visa, Master Card and others, are accepted in majority of stores, hotels and restaurants.

Exchange rates for foreign currencies can be found online at the National Bank of Serbia: www.nbs.rs

Weights and measures
The metric system is used.

Electricity
220 V, 50 Hz