DRIVING REGULATIONS IN GIBRALTAR

 

Laws and regulations in Gibraltar are based on English law, except for the fact that Gibraltar changed to driving on the right back in 1929. The major reason has been to avoid accidents with vehicles and cars from Spain.

The minimum age requirement to drive motorcycles and cars in Gibraltar is 17 years. Medium sized vehicles can be driven with the age of 18 and lorries and buses at 21. EU citizens are allowed to drive on their EU licence until it expires. Non-residents living in Gibraltar have to get a Spanish driving license after a maximum of one year.

 

Gibraltar's speed limit is generally 50 kph unless a traffic sign indicates otherwise. You won't be able to drive much faster than that most of the time because of the narrow streets and many pedestrian crossings.

 

Road Tax in Gibraltar was abolished upon the increase of petrol and diesel. All drivers who have a vehicle which is used on a public road need vehicle insurance. To drive with dipped headlights at night and to wear seatbelts is compulsory.

 

Non-residents who want to visit Gibraltar with their own car can import it without payment of duty provided they take it out when they leave and only stays in Gibraltar temporarily. Driving license and up to date registration documents are necessary during a stay on the Rock.

 

Driving Licence Requirements for Gibraltar

The driving licence requirements in Gibraltar state that you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence in order to drive in Gibraltar. An International Driver's License is highly recommended.

 

Gibraltar Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Gibraltar, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge.

 

Gibraltar Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Gibraltar driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Gibraltar is done on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Seat belts are mandatory when driving a hire car in Gibraltar.
  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.
  • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.
  • The use of the car horn is prohibited within the city limits.
  • The use of full headlights is prohibited; you are to use dipped headlights only in hours of darkness.
  • There are only ten petrol stations in Gibraltar.
     

Tolls in Gibraltar

There are no tolls in Gibraltar.

 

Gibraltar Parking Information

Parking is limited and often hard to find on busy days and it may be difficult for entry to and from The Rock.

 

One-Way Car Hire in Gibraltar

International one way car hires are permitted with one of the suppliers. There is a minimum three length requirement to select Spanish cities only. Fees do apply and vary depending on destination. If you plan to drive, hire a car in Gibraltar and you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.


When hiring a car in Gibraltar, it is important to look through some of these Gibraltar driving information rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.