Some very useful tips for driving in Gibraltar. Please pay special attention to the driving on the right part;-)
The Highway Code
The Highway Code should be observed at all times. Some useful tips are:
* Driving is on the right
* Gibraltar's roads are narrow: drive slowly and watch out for children
* The speed limit is 50 kph except where otherwise indicated by Traffic Signs
* It is compulsory to wear seat belts in the front and rear (if installed)
* Pedestrians have right of way at pedestrian crossings
* It is compulsory to drive with dipped headlights in the hours of darkness
* When approaching roundabouts, remember that vehicles already on the roundabout have right of way
* All drivers are to be covered by Insurance for third party risks in respect of the vehicle they are driving. No requirement for bail bond
Crash helmets must be worn at all times when on a motorised two-wheeled vehicle
The Upper Rock
Although it is possible to drive around parts of the Upper Rock, the roads are narrow and winding. Local knowledge is important and in order to enjoy your stays to the full, you are advised to take a Rock Tour by coach or taxi. Included on the tour are the Nature Reserve with St Michael's Cave and the Apes Den, the Great Siege Tunnels are an optional extra, but the tour also includes the beaches , Europa Point with its panoramic views of the Strait, Europe and Africa, and the Town Centre. Please see below in the section on Rock Tours and refer to the Fact File on Places of Interest for further details.
Car Parks can be found at Grand Parade (beside the lower cable car station), at Eastern Beach, Catalan Bay and Queensway, as well as a multi storey car park in the International Commercial Centre. Some street parking is also available on Line Wall Road, Corral Road, Devil's Tower Road, and Rosia Road. Much of the Town is pedestrianised, so it is advisable to park outside the city walls. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced and parking in unauthorised areas could result in your car being towed away or immobilised. Should this happen you should contact Gibraltar Security Services Ltd at Queensway Car Park, Reclamation Road, Telephone No 76999 (or 58857000 after hours) and then stand by the car. You will have to pay the fee to the warden.
Insurance and Documentation
The following documents are required to drive into Gibraltar:
* Evidence of Insurance
* Certificate of Registration (Car Log Book)
* Nationality Plate
* A valid driving licence
Please note that no entry tax or other fees are payable.
Self-drive cars are readily available for hire and you can use them for trips into Spain (you will need a valid, full driving licence). Generally, you will be required to return your vehicle to the point of original hire.
There are ten petrol stations on the Rock.
EDITOR'S TIP - Remember to fill up if you are thinking of taking a trip up the coast, into Spain. Petrol is much cheaper in Gibraltar than Spain.
Garages, Services, Spares and Accessories
A comprehensive list of Garages and establishments offering services, spare parts and accessories for the motorists are available from the Gibraltar Information Centre.
Campting & Caravnas
There are no facilities on the Rock itself, but there are a number of excellent camping and caravan sites over the border in Spain.
Caravans & Trailers in Gibraltar
There are considerable regulations regarding these. Caravans per se are not allowed into Gibraltar unless going onto private land and with an exemption from Customs obtained. Trailers have similar legislation - 32 tons maximum on heavy traffic roads in Gibraltar.