Temporary foreign visitors, who have attained 18 years of age and hold International driving permits and domestic driver licenses from countries of their residence, may drive in Montserrat during 12 months from the date of the entering to the country.
Any foreign visitor may also obtain a temporary visitor’s driver license. The temporary Montserrat driver license may be granted with or without a driving test for a period not exceeding three months.
Private motorcycles and motor cars brought into Montserrat by foreign visitors for their own use for a period not exceeding three months don’t need to have the Montserrat registration. However, the licensing officer may issue a temporary license of the vehicle to use the private vehicle for not more than three months. For that, owner must have a valid car registration license issued by the country in which his vehicle was last licensed and third party liability insurance. The licensee will fix the circular disc with particulars therein at the bottom left corner of a vehicle which is driven from the right side and at the bottom right corner of a vehicle which is driven from the left side.
The main Montserrat road traffic rules:
- Vehicles are operated on the left-hand side of the road.
- Overtaking is on the right side of the road.
- A motor vehicle all wheels of which are not fitted with pneumatic tires may not be used on any road.
- The age for driving motorcycles is 16 years or over, motor cars other than motorcycles – 18 years or more.
- Any driver must stop his car on being if required by a police officer in uniform.
- It is not lawful for more than one person in addition to the driver to be carried on a motorcycle.
- It is illegal to throws any object from a vehicle on the road.
- The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.08%.
- The speed limit on any road within Plymouth town is for buses, trucks, and tractors with or without trailer – 24 km/h (15 mph), for other vehicles – 32 km/h (20 mph). The speed limit on other Montserrat roads is for buses and trucks – 40 km/h (25 km/h), for tractors with or without trailer – 32 km/h (20 mph), for other vehicles – 64 km/h (40 mph).
- It is not permitted to drive a vehicle backwards at the junctions of any roads and round corners.
- Engine must be stopped on leaving motor vehicle.
- In the case of goods vehicles, not more than one person may sit by the driver side unless a vehicle has been constructed for the accommodating more than one person beside the driver.
- Drivers must not stop his motor vehicle within 30 feet (9 m) from any corner, drive, carriageway, or private road.
- To leave of a vehicle at night, a driver must park the vehicle as close as possible to the left hand side of the road facing the direction in which the vehicle was moving.
- It is not permitted to use horns from 21:00 (9 p.m.) to 5:30 (5.30 a.m.) in any area in Montserrat.
- It is not allowed sparks, smoke, or visible vapor which would cause danger to the public from any vehicle.
- It is illegal to carry more persons in a vehicle than it is licensed to carry.
- Any vehicle must give way to a Fire Brigade proceeding to or from a fire.
- Any vehicle must be equipped with a reflecting mirror.
- It is not permitted to drive vehicle which causes a loud noise to the annoyance or disturbance of any person.
Driving Overseas - Short Information
- Roads are narrow, winding and steep.
- Every animal drawn vehicle and pedal bicycle must be licensed.
- Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person who is driving under the influence of drink or drugs. On a third conviction for drunk driving, any driver will be permanently disqualified for holding a driver license.
- Any police officer may arrest without warrant any driver who is driving dangerous or careless or racing on a road, unless the driver gives his name and address or his driver license for examination.
- If an accident occurs whereby damage or injury is caused to any person, vehicle or animal (horse, cattle, ass, mule, sheep or goat), the driver must stop and give his name and address (the name and address of the car owner) and the identification marks of the vehicle. If a driver for any reason does not give his name and address, he must report the accident at a Police Station within 24 hours.
- The police phone number is 999.