Foreign visitors may drive in The Bahamas with their domestic driver licenses and International driving permit
s for up to three months. The USA and UK driver licenses are valid in the Bahamas for three months too.
The mail road traffic rules:
- Traffic moves on the left side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 17 years.
- A persona may drive vehicle if he/she is a holder of a driver licence of the corresponding class of the motor vehicle.
- Drivers and all passengers must wear seat belts while riding in vehicles.
- Children weighing less than twenty pounds must face the backward in a special child seat fitted to the rear seat. Children more than twenty pounds and less than forty pounds must be ridden in convertible car seat fitted to the rear seat. Children over forty pounds and up to 4 ft. 9 in. tall must be secured in a booster car seat fitted in the rear seat. Children taller than 4 ft. 9 in. and between 8 and 12 years old are required to use seat belts.
- It shall not be lawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle on a road at a speed greater than the specified speed for that road. The speed limit for cars is 20 mph in built up areas and 45 mph outside the built up areas. For buses with more than twenty passengers and for motor trucks, speed limit on open roads is 30 mph.
- The use of cell phones while driving is not permitted, with the exception mobile phones with a hands-free system.
- The third party insurance is obligatory.
- It is not permitted to drive under the influence of liquor or drugs. A police officer may arrest without warrant any person who violates this requirement. The police officer may also require that person to provide a specimen of breath for a breath test. A police officer may arrest a person without warrant if his/her breathe or blood exceeds the prescribed limit. The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.08%.
- When a police officer requires or signals driver to stop, any driver on any road must immediately stop his vehicle and keep it stationary until the police officer permits him to proceed. A police officer may give a signal to stop a vehicle by raising his hand or by waving from side to side a red light.
- It is not permitted to park:
- on sidewalks, footpaths, and pathways;
- on any street in such a way as to obstruct the access of other vehicle to a private driveway, garage, or yard;
- at the bend of a street;
- within fifteen feet of a corner;
- alongside any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of a curb of a street.
- Vehicles may be parked vehicle in the direction of traffic within eighteen inches of the curb or edge of the street.
Driving Overseas - Short Information
- Requirements to driving age in different rental car agencies vary from 21 to 25 years. Additional requirement is any driver must have a full driver license at least one year.
- Drivers are obligatory to carry while driving a valid driver license, car registration and insurance documents.
- There are no toll roads in the Bahamas.
- All drivers must drive with due care, attention, and reasonable consideration to other persons using the road.
- If an accident occurs, a police officer may require providing a specimen of breath for a breath test.
- In Matthew Town, the main roads are: Gregory Street, Victoria Street, Kortwright Street, Meadows Street, Albert Street. Other streets are minor streets.
- It is not permitted to drive or park vehicles on the Public Square surrounding the Commissioner’s
- Office Building and on the parade grounds.