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Tips for driving in the Channel Islands

Driving in the Channel Islands

Updated: 14 April 2015



Advice, Checklist & Legal Requirements

The Channel Islands is a British overeas territory and the driving standards are very similar to the UK.

The most important difference are the speed limits. These go from 15mph to a maximum of 40mph. The main reason for this are their narrow and winding roads and lanes. So we suggest you drive with patience and care.

You will need a paycard to pay in most parking areas. They are available at tourist information points, post offices, shops and anywhere with the "Paycards sold here" sign.


Legal Requirements

Seat belts are required for all passengers, whether in the front or back seat of the vehicle. All children must use seat belts or a suitable restraining system.

If you are involved in an accident with damage or injury results, you must immediately call the police or the emergency line on 999.


Speed Limits

They can go from 15 to 40 mph. Enjoy the views and be careful with winds and narrow roads.


Mobile Phones

Using a mobile phone while driving is not allowed but the use of 'hands free' equipment is allowed.


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For general European driving tips click here