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Driving in Ireland

Information acquired on 11/06/2009

Compulsory documents

Pink EU driving licence.

International driving license (recommended only).

Car registration or rental papers.

Country initials sticker.

International Motor Insurance Card.

Passport (recommended only).

Owner's permission required if using a vehicle belonging to a third party.

Motorists are advised to contact the Motoring Association for information on local regulations.


Maximum alcohol level : 0.08 %. This is to be considered dangerous : don't drink and drive.

Child seat, booster seat or fitted restraint system, compulsory up to 1.50m and 36 kg.

Minimum driving age : 17 years.

Safety belt: compulsory front and back.

Motorcyclists: helmet compulsory for driver and passenger.

Studded tires permitted without regulation

Drive on the left.


Warning triangle recommended.

First-aid kit recommended.

Fire extinguisher recommended.

Fluorescent safety jacket recommended.

Speed limits (Light vehicles)

In built-up areas : 50 kph.

On roads : 80 kph.

On motorways : 120 kph.

These speed limits are lower in wet weather.

Auto clubs

Royal Irish Automobile Club (RIAC)

34, Dawson Street



The Automobile Association Ireland Limited

56, Dury Street



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