As a tiny British colony on the very southern edge of Spain, Gibraltar has not always been an easy place to live. Ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, of late, various Spanish governments have made strenuous efforts to persuade the citizens of "The Rock" to adopt Spanish nationality so far to no avail.
Driving on the left hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the right hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is good in Gibraltar, although because of the sometimes strained relationship between Gibraltar and Spain it is not always possible to pass through the border without some delay.
The speed limits in Gibraltar are:
On roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, that's 30 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 30 kilometres per hour, or 18 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving under the influence of alcohol as the limit of alcohol in the blood is zero.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Gibraltar. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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