The Republic of Ireland came into being in 1921 when the 26 Southern Counties left Great Britain after a number of years of struggle. The existence of Ulster (Northern Ireland) as a part of the United Kingdom has been a continuing problem for both countries. With the so called Good Friday Agreement and more recently the renunciation of violence on the part of the IRA, this may now be a thing of the past and inhabitants of all of the island of Ireland should be able to look forward to a brighter future.
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 very good throughout Ireland and there is usually no problem in arranging for a hire car to be left at a different location from where it was originally rented.
The speed limits in Ireland are:
On Motorways the limit is 70 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 60 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 30 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving with more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, this is the same as the limit in Britain.
Persons under the age of 17 years are not allowed to drive in Ireland even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children must be 12 years old or over to occupy a front passenger seat without a child restraint.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Ireland. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time.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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