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Canberra and ACT's Driving Rules and Regulations

  • Cars should drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Speed limits are given in kilometres per hour (KPH) and the police enforce with radar cameras.School Zones during have reduced speeds in school hours (8-9.30am and 2.30-4pm).
  • The driver and all passengers in the vehicle must wear seatbelts.
  • Talking or texting on a mobile hand device whilst driving is strictly forbidden
  • Drink Driving laws are enforced and random breath tests are a regular occurrence.
  • Carry a valid drivers license at all times when driving.
  • Cars can overtake on both sides on a motorway.
  • Children’s Car seats must meet compliance regulations. Check
  • Take notte that third party liability insurance is compulsory and l insurance policies are to be issued in Australia.

Information on Drivers' Licences in Canberra and ACT

  • Carry your Drivers Licence always when you are driving in ACT. Tourists and short stay visitors to ACT (less than 90 days) can travel with their valid driving licence from home with a passport as additional ID.
  • Should your licence notbe in English, you must also carry an English translation. If you fail to comply with these rules you can receive an on the spot fine.
  • Perhaps apply for an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), which you obtain in your home country before you leave. An IDP is a certification of your national licence and can save you angst if you are stopped by the police or are in a road accident. Important: An IDP has to be supported by your valid home country driver’s licence and will not be enough on its own as ID.

When do you need to obtain an ACT Driver’s licence?

Visiting drivers need not obtain an ACT Driver Licence providing their International Driving Permit and/or overseas licence are current. A visiting driver is a person from overseas who arrives in the ACT with no intention of becoming a permanent resident. This includes:

  • tourists;
  • business people;
  • people on working holiday visas; and
  • people studying or working temporarily in the ACT who intend to return to their home countries when they finish their courses or jobs.

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How to get an Australian Drivers Licence/Permit if you are a permanent resident or have moved from interstate.

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

Drivers from these countries are exempt from having to take a Driver/Knowledge test and a practical Driving test, so long as they have 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.

A Knowledge and Drivers test incurs a cost. The Knowledge test can sat at any time but the practical driving test will need an appointment. The written knowledge is taken in English, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, Korean, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish or Vietnamese but will need to make prior arrangements with your transport authority to sitthe test in any other language.

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