To drive in Senegal, foreign visitors need to have International driving permits.

The main Senegal road traffic rules:

  • Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.
  • At intersections, vehicles must give priority to traffic coming from the right.
  • Vehicles which are already in the circle have the right of way.
  • Third-party insurance is required.
  • The use of cell phones while driving is prohibited, unless cell phone has hands-free equipment.
  • The maximum speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h (31 mph).
  • All motorcycle, cycle, moped, scooter riders must wear helmets.
  • A driver and passengers from the front seats must wear seat belts.

Additional information:

  • Roads in Senegal are poorly lit and poorly marked; during the rainy season, many roads are passable only with four-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Every driver must carry in their vehicles valid driver license (International driving permit), valid insurance papers, vehicle registration certificate, tax disc for the current year, and valid identification document.
  • If police officer stops a driver for a traffic violation, he may confiscate the driver license or identification document until the fine is paid.
  • It is prohibited to import to Senegal cars that are more than five years old.
  • Usually, rental car companies require drivers to be at least 23 years of age.

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