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General Rules and Regulations-

  • Vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • The Speed limits are shown in kilometres per hour (KPH) and are monitored by the use of radar cameras.  Reduced speed limits are enforced In School Zones in school hours (8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm).
  • Thedriver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt.
  • It is prohibited to be talking/texting on a mobile hand device whilst driving.
  • Very strict Drink/Driving laws apply and breath tests are conducted regularly.
  • At all times the driver must carry a valid drivers licence when driving.
  • Cars can overtake on both sides on motorways.
  • Children’s Car seats must comply with regulations. See http://www.sa.gov.au
  • Insurance policies should be issued in Australia and Third Party liability insurance is compulsory
 

 Driver’s Licences in Australia

  • You must carry your Drivers Licence with you when you are driving. Tourists and short stay visitors (less than 90 days) should travel with their valid home country licence and passport as additional ID.
  • Carrying  an English translation of your driving licence if it is not in English can result in an on the spot fine if you do not comply.
  • It is worth getting an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), which you must obtain in your home country prior to departure. And IDP  can save you a lot of time if you are stopped by the police or are in a road accident. Important: An IDP should be supported by a valid country driver’s licence.
 

When to obtain an Australian Driver’s licence?

If your visit is temporary, you can drive the equivalent vehicle in Australia as permitted by your current licence issued to you at home. On expiry of your overseas licence you must obtain an Australian licence. If you are have a permanent visa and become a resident of South Australia, you should obtain a South Australian driver’s licence within three months and you may be required to surrender your overseas driver's licence. Once you are have a South Australian learner's permit or  licence, your overseas licence is no longer valid.

For more info go to: www.sa.gov.au

 

How to get an Australian Drivers Licence/Permit

You will need to visit your local transport authority and present your home countries drivers licence (with translation if required), three original ID documents, such as passport, birth certificate or signed credit card and proof of your Australian address. You may be required to take an eye test and in some cases you will need to complete a driver/knowledge test and a practical driving test.

People from the following countries are exempt from having to take a Driver/Knowledge test and a practical Driving test, subject to having a valid home countries licence:

Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man (licences issued after 01/04/91), Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Malta (licences issues after 02.01.04), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.

If you are required to take a Knowledge and Drivers test you will need to pay the required fees. The Knowledge test can be taken at any time but the practical driving test will require an appointment. The written knowledge may be taken in English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. You will need to make prior arrangements with your transport authority to take the test in any other language.

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  • Parking. Parking a car can be costly and difficult.   TIP
  • For affordable parking go to Parkhound which is an online marketplace available in Adelaide. By booking online you can save 50-60% on regular parking prices. www.parkhound.com.au





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