Self-Drive Motoring holidays in Ireland.
Tips on driving abroad in Ireland. Motoring rules and regulations in the Republic
of Ireland. Irish motoring laws.
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In Ireland you drive on the left - just
like in the UK!
has similar drink driving laws to the UK, only allowing 0.8 milligrams of alcohol
per millilitre of blood.
Seat belts front and rear are obligatory
Speed limits, shown below, are implemented
rigorously. Radar traps are frequent.
Ireland has changed
to the metric system for road signs, so be prepared for distance and speed limit
signs in kilometres.
and laws in Northern Ireland are the same as in the mainland of Great Britain.
Below are motoring regulations relating to the Republic of Ireland. In all countries
a full UK driving licence is required.
100 km/h (see notes)
Children in cars: Children
under 12 cannot travel in the front unless using a suitable restraint system.
always carry your driving licence, vehicle registration document (V5), and certificate
of motor insurance. If your licence does not incorporate a photograph ensure you
carry your passport to validate the licence. If the vehicle is not registered in
your name, carry a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to drive.
Drinking and driving: Don't
do it. Over 0.08 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.
Fines: On the spot fines are issued for parking offences. Ensure an official
receipt is issued by the officer collecting the fine.
First-aid kit is advised,
but not compulsory.
Fuel: All grades of petrol,
diesel and LPG are available as well as lead replacement petrol (LRP). It is allowed
to carry petrol in a can. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. It's a
good idea to let your card issuer know you will be travelling abroad. This ensures
they don't suspend your card if they spot it being used in unfamiliar places,
which they sometimes do as an anti-fraud measure.
GB sticker: UK registered vehicles displaying
Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background)
no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries.
are not required for GB cars as in Ireland you drive on the left.
not to be used between 23:30 hrs and 07:00 hrs.
Lights: dipped headlights
must be used in poor daytime visibility. Motorcycles must use dipped headlights
during the day at all times.
Minimum age for driving,
provided you hold a full UK licence, is 17 for a car and for a motorcycle over 125cc.
phones: it is illegal to
drive and use a mobile phone in Ireland.
Motorcycle drivers and passengers must wear crash helmets.
Motor insurance: third-party insurance is compulsory. A green card is not
required but your insurer should be advised of your trip.
Parking regulations are strictly enforced, particularly in Dublin
city. Tow trucks and vehicle disabling programs are in operation. Parking meters
operate in the centre. The typical cost is euro 1,30 to 1,90 per hour. Disk
parking operates outside the central zone and in some suburbs and many cities outside
Dublin. Some multi-storey car parks accept credit cards.
Seat belts are compulsory for front and
rear seat occupants, if fitted.
Limits on major roads outside built-up areas vary from 60 - 100 km/h - look for
Toll roads in Ireland:
Many motorways in Ireland
are toll roads. The tolls vary so below is a summary of the roads subject to tolls.
Further general information is available
at the NRA website.
M50 - The M50 is now a paperless/cashless Toll Plaza.
There are no barriers or Toll Booths. It is operated by a system of cameras recording
registration numbers of vehicles from the front and rear. You have 24 hours
from 8pm to pay for the Toll.
- Online at www.eflow.ie
- By telephone using a credit or laser card on LoCall 1890
50 10 50/ From UK 0845 301 5405/ International ++800 50 10 50 11
- BBy cash payment at Payzone branded outlets nationwide
- for further information www.payzone.ie
M1 Dublin to Belfast Toll is at Drogheda
M6 Dublin to Galway Toll is at Ballinasloe
M7 Dublin to Limerick/Cork Toll is at Portlaoise
M8 Dublin to Cork Toll is at Portlaoise AND Fermoy
N18 Limerick Bypass(Tunnel) Tunnel is in Limerick City
N25 Waterford Bypass Toll is on Cork side of Waterford (Bridge Crossing)
East Link Toll Plaza Dublin City
Dublin Port Tunnel - leading from East Link under City emerging on the M1 Motorway
to Belfast / Connecting with M50
M3 Dublin to North West
M4 Dublin to North by North West
Visibility Vests are now compulsory in Austria,
Belgium, France, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Spain (and likely to become compulsory
throughout the EU). The rules vary from country to country
concerning number of vests required and whether they should be carried in the car
or boot. Common sense suggests that there should be a vest for every occupant, and
that the vests should be carried in the car,
and put on before getting out. Do this and you
will not have a problem.
Warning triangle is recommended.
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