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Driving in Brunei

Brunei has an extensive network of roads throughout the country. The roads are generally good, though varying in quality. Driving in Brunei is on the left side. Left turn are permitted at red light unless otherwise indicated by a sign at the intersection. Direction signals are required for turning and for changing lanes during travel. When approaching an accident or if your vehicle is disabled, hazard lights are required to be on at all times.

Only a driver and a passenger are allowed in the front seats. The passengers in the front seats are required to wear seat belts. However, the Land Transport Department authorities insist that all those riding in a vehicle are required to put on seat belts. Children under three years of age must be fastened securely in government- approved car seats.

Always park your car on the correct side of the road, in the direction of the traffic flow. For many Westerners, driving in Brunei takes a little getting used to. When driving in Brunei, especially in the city, police on motorbikes may force you to pull right off the road to allow the Sultan or members of the Royal Family cavalcade to proceed. Don't try to hold your ground on the road, or join the cavalcade, even at the very end, as you will find yourself in jail very quickly.

When coming out of a junction, watch out for overtaking traffic. At roundabouts make sure other vehicles intend to give way, even if you are in the right. Speed traps are in frequent use. Fines of B$50 or sometimes even more are payable on the spot. If you are not in possession of your driving licence you will have to present it to the nearest police station within 7 days of the offence. Brunei has several driving laws not common in other countries.

Drivers must obey traffic rules at all the times and should take extra caution when approaching traffic signals. In urban areas, some local drivers have run through red lights, resulting in several deadly accidents in recent years.

Holders of foreign driving licences are permitted to drive in Brunei for 90 days only. For longer stays a foreign driving licence must be endorsed to Brunei Darussalam diving licence at any Land Transport Department offices. The form should be submitted with a copy of your passport, two copies of your driving licence, and a fee of B$10 for one year, B$20 for two years or B$30 for three years. At times, drivers with international licences need to attend an oral test.





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