Guide to Driving In Jersey - Drive Safe in Jersey

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Jersey?

It's a very small island that gets very crowded in summer. You'll find the pace of life is very slow and relaxed so try to adapt to local attitudes.
 

Driving Laws

Seat Belt Laws

By law, everyone in the front of a moving car in Jersey must be properly secured with a seat belt. In the rear, only children under the age of 14 need to wear a seat belt or use an appropriate restraint system.

Drinking and Driving

The drink driving laws in Jersey are the same as in the UK. You must have no more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and there are regular police patrols throughout the year to catch motorists who break the law.

Must Have Documents

You will need to have both parts of your driving licence; paper and card, or an international driving licence. International drivers licences issued in the UK are not valid. You will also need to carry a valid certificate of insurance. 

Speed Limits

The speed limits for Jersey are as follows:
 
Open roads:   64 km/h
In Town:   32/48 km/h  
Green Lane    25 km/h

Minimum Driving Age

You have to be at least 17 to be able to drive in Jersey. If you're renting a car the minimum age is 20 and you’ll need to have at least a year’s experience of driving. Under 25 and you’re likely to have to pay a premium for your lack of experience and age.

Safety Camera Warning Devices

Safety camera warning devices are legal in Jersey but given the trickiness of some of the roads, we’d recommend that you simply stick to the limit for your safety and that of others.
 

On the Spot Fines

There are no on the spot fines in Jersey. If you are stopped by the police for a motoring offence, you will have to show your licence and insurance certificate and then present yourself and your documents at the Centenier, the Jersey equivalent of a magistrate who may fine you, disqualify you or endorse your licence. 

Child Safety Rules

In Jersey, no child under the age of twelve can travel in the front of a car. Instead, they must be secured using an age and size appropriate restraint in the rear of the car. Ask when booking your hire car and we will supply the appropriate restraint for your family.

Insurance

A minimum of third party insurance is compulsory in Jersey and you must carry proof of it by way of a valid certificate.

Rules of the Road

Standard European driving laws apply with one or two exceptions.
 
Yellow lines at a junction mean that you must stop and give way
Many junctions have ‘filter in turn’ in operation and you must follow the instruction

Towing Regulations

Make sure that anything being towed is securely attached and that you have good all round visibility.

Speed Cameras

There are no fixed speed cameras in Jersey but there are regular mobile speed traps. Jersey’s roads aren’t conducive to speeding so, by driving sensibly, you should avoid a trip to the Centenier.

Using Mobile Phones when driving

It’s illegal to talk or text on a mobile phone whilst driving unless you have a hands free kit.

Parking

Parking regulations
 
Jersey is often very busy, especially in summer, and you’ll find that parking isn’t easy to come by. 
 
Paid parking
 
There is plenty of paid parking in the towns and villages. You’ll find limited time free parking on the street, metered parking, parking in parking lots and in garages.
 
Enforcement
 
Enforcement of parking is done by the police and traffic wardens and they are hot on illegal parking. You’ll receive a parking ticket and a fine. 
 
Disabled parking
 
Although not technically part of Europe, Jersey does recognise the disability blue badge system and, if you park in municipal parking areas, you should check the signs for your entitlement.

Motor Way Signs

There are no motorways on Jersey

Phrases

In Jersey, everyone speaks English but it's also a great place to practise your French for the island is very close to the French mainland.

Traffic Lights

In Jersey traffic lights follow a slightly different system. Instead of changing from red to red and amber, lights go straight to green. This can sometimes mean that drivers go through a red light whilst you have green so proceed with caution when the lights change.

Toll Roads

There are no toll roads on Jersey.

Emergency

The emergency number in Jersey is the UK standard 999 for all emergency services including the coastguard. You can also use 112.

What to do in an emergency

If you have a problem with your car you should phone the number given to you on the rental documents or attached to the windscreen of your car. If you are driving your own vehicle, use your emergency assistance company's partner in Jersey which includes offices of the major UK assistance organisations.
 
In the event of an accident you must stop. You need to call the police if there is damage to cars or property or if there are any injuries, even if yours is the only car involved. The police will tell you whether they need to attend or not. You must exchange details with anyone else involved in the incident.

Fuel Costs

As of August 2014, the average price of 95 octane unleaded petrol in Jersey is £1.17 whilst diesel is £1.21. Prices can vary between the towns and the smaller villages.
 

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