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Queenland Rules and Regulations- Driving

  • Left hand side of the road is the side you drive on!
  • Look out for speed limits shown in kilometres per hour (KPH) as there are many radar cameras.  School Zones during school hours (8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm) have reduced speeds.
  • Remember the driver and all passengers must wear a seatbelt.
  • Talking or texting on a mobile hand device while you drive is prohibited.
  • Drink-Driving laws apply – random breath tests are conducted regularly.
  • You must carry a valid drivers license  when driving.
  • Look out – cars can overtake on both sides when you are on a motorway.
  • Children’s Car seats should comply with regulations. Check www.tmr.qld.gov.au › Safety › Driver guide › Child restraints
  • Third Party liability insurance is compulsory and make sure your insurance policies are issued in Australia.
 

Information on Driver’s Licences in Queensland

  • Remember to carry your Drivers Licence at all times when you are driving in Queensland. Tourists and short stay visitors (less than 90 days) will be able to travel with their valid home country licence using their passport as additional ID.
  • If your licence is not in English, you must also carry an English translation with you. Failure to comply with these rules can result in an on the spot fine.
  • You might find it is worth getting an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), from your home country prior to departure. An IDP is a certification of a national licence and useful if you are stopped by the police or are in a road accident. Important: An IDP should be supported by a valid home country driver’s licence and is not sufficient on its own as ID.
 

When should you obtain a Queensland Driver’s licence?

If you have a permanent residency visa or are australian and have been living in Queensland for three months then you must get a Queensland driving licence.

Your authority to drive in Queensland on your foreign driver licence will be withdrawn if you:

 

How to get a Queensland Licence/Permit

Visit the Queensland Department of Transport  and Main roads Service Centre and present your home countries drivers licence (with translation if required), three original ID documents, such as birth certificate, passport or signed credit card and also proof of your Australian address such as a lease. You may be rasked to take an eye test and in sometimes you will need to complete a driver knowledge test as well as a practical driving test.

People from the following countries do not have to take a Driver/Knowledge test and a practical Driving test as long as they have a valid home country driving 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  asked to take a Knowledge and Drivers test this will incur fees. The Knowledge test can be taken at any time but the practical driving test will require an appointment. The written knowledge can be taken in English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese. You do need to make prior arrangements to take the test in any other language.

For more information go to www.tmr.qld.gov.au

 

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