Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Fiji?
Fiji was a part of the British Empire and as a result drives on the left. The roads are genarally quite good around the towns and the resorts but in the less frequented areas you'll find mainly dirt tracks that are nearly impossible to traverse in wet weather.
Seat Belt Laws
When driving in Fiji, everyone in the car must be wearing a seat belt. Failing to do so will incur a large fine.
Drinking and Driving
The drink driving laws in Fiji are the same as in the UK. This means no more than 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. If you have one standard drink you should be OK, two and you’re likely to be over the limit. It’s always safest not to drink and drive at all.
Must Have Documents
All you need in Fiji is your driving licence – you don’t need an international one, your registration document and proof of insurance. It’s always useful to have a copy of your passport though.
The speed limits for Fiji are as follows:
Open roads: 60 - 80 km/h (watch out for signs)
In Town: 50 km/h
Minimum Driving Age
You have to be at least 18 to be able to drive in Fiji. If you're renting a car the minimum age is 21 and you’ll need to have two years’ experience of driving. If you’re under 25 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 Fiji but there are no roads where it’s safe to drive fast. For that reason, it’s far better to leave the detector at home and stick to the limit.
On the Spot Fines
If you are stopped by the police in Fiji, you’ll be asked to show your documentation and, if an offence has been committed, you’ll be given a ticket which will state the offence, the penalty, unless a court case is appropriate, and where you should pay the penalty.
Child Safety Rules
There are no legal requirements appertaining to the safety of children in motor vehicles. If you are driving your own car then the onus is on you but if you are hiring a car from us simply tell us your requirements when you book and we’ll ensure that the correct seating is fitted before you collect the car.
A minimum of third party insurance is compulsory in Fiji and you must carry proof of it by way of a valid certificate.
Rules of the Road
Rules of the Road
Standard international driving laws apply with one or two exceptions.
• In Fiji, traffic drives on the left
• It’s illegal to eat or drink whilst driving
• Many petrol stations don’t accept credit cards
There are no specific laws on towing in Fiji but if you are towing, make sure that the vehicle is securely attached and that you have good visibility.
There are no fixed speed cameras in Fiji but mobile speeding units make up for it. If you are caught exceeding the speed limit you’ll be given a ticket with a fine based on how far over the limit you were driving.
Using Mobile Phones when driving
It is against the law to use a mobile phone whilst driving in Fiji unless you have a hands free kit.
Some parts of Fiji are very busy including the capital Suva. There, parking is more regulated than on other parts of the island. Elsewhere you’ll simply need to find a convenient spot to park that doesn’t obstruct others.
Paid parking is more prevalent in the main towns where you’ll find parking lots. Fiji hasn’t made it to the world of parking meters yet.
Most of the time you won’t find enforcement of parking in Fiji. The only time you’re likely to get a ticket or be towed is if you obstruct traffic or outstay your time in a car park.
Fiji has no disabled parking scheme but relies simply on drivers being able to find a convenient parking spot themselves or to ask for assistance in attended parking areas. Usually there is no problem as Fijians are renowned for their helpfulness to strangers.
Motor Way Signs
There are no motorways on Fiji
Everyone in Fiji speaks English and all the road signs are in English too so no language problems there!
There are very few sets of traffic lights in Fiji but those that you do find operate in the same way that traffic lights do in the UK.
There are no toll roads in Fiji.
The emergency number in Fiji is 917 for the police and 911 for the fire service and ambulance.
What to do in an emergency
Encountering a mechanical problem with your hire car, you should telephone the number given to you by the hire car company; usually it’s on a sticker on the inside of the windscreen. If you’re driving your own car you should find out the number of an assistance organisation before you travel.
If you are involved in an accident you should call the police on 917 and await their arrival. In the meantime, collect details from witnesses and the drivers involved and take photographs of the scene just in case the cars are moved. Ask the police for a copy of their report for your insurers or for the hire car company.
As of October 2014, the average price of 95 octane unleaded petrol in Fiji is 84p whilst diesel is 79p. Prices can vary between the towns and the smaller villages.