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Australia and New Zealand Driving Laws

Australia and New Zealand drive on the left-hand side of the road, with the steering wheel located on the right-hand side of the car.

An international visitor may drive in Australia and New Zealand on a valid overseas driver's license for the same class of vehicle. Make sure you carry your license when driving and it is valid prior to your departure. An international driver's permit is not sufficient by itself and must be accompanied by a valid driver's permit.

The maximum speed limit in cities and towns is 60 kilometers an hour. Some suburban areas have 50 kilometers an hour zones. On country roads and highways, the maximum speed is usually 110 kilometers an hour.

Strict drink-driving laws apply and random breath testing is common practice.
The law requires drivers and passengers to wear seat belts at all times. Motorcycle riders and cyclists must wear a helmet at all times.

Personal injury or damage to the vehicle or property of a third party is generally covered by compulsory insurance. In the event of an accident, an ‘excess’ payment may apply. Personal accident insurance is also available. The minimum age is 21 years and a surcharge may be imposed for drivers under 25 years. For full details, check with your reservation clerk when collecting your rental vehicle.