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.
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.
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.
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
Make sure that anything being towed is securely attached and that you have good all round visibility.
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.
Jersey is often very busy, especially in summer, and you’ll find that parking isn’t easy to come by.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
There are no toll roads on Jersey.
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.
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.