Guide to Driving In Malaysia - Drive Safe in Malaysia

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

Driving in Malaysia

Driving Laws

Seat Belt Laws

Wearing a seat belt is compulsory for all drivers and passengers. 

Drinking and Driving

It is illegal to drink and drive in Malaysia. The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.08%. It is advisable not to drink at all when driving in Malaysia; breathalyser tests are common practice carried out by local police. 

Must Have Documents

The following must be carried with you at all times whilst driving in Malaysia:
  • A full and valid driving licence
  • International driving permit
  • Car registration documents
  • Insurance documents

Speed Limits

Speed Limit Type of Road
90km/h State and federal roads
60km/h In town areas
110km/h Expressways

*The speed limit on Expressways can be reduced at dangerous mountain stretches and built up urban areas.

Minimum Driving Age

The minimum driving age in Malaysia is 17 years of age. 
If you are wanted to hire a car the minimum age is 23 years of age. 

Safety Camera Warning Devices

On the Spot Fines

On the spot fines can be issued for exceeding the speed limits.  

Child Safety Rules

All passengers must wear a seat belt, however at present it is not the law for a child to be in a child car seat. 
All children must wear seat belts when travelling in Malaysia and it is against the law for a child under 4 years of age to sit in the front seat. 


Drivers must carry up to date insurance policies with them at all times while driving in Malaysia. 

Rules of the Road

  • You must drive on the left hand side of the road in Malaysia.
  • Road parkings are used frequently and are clear.
  • Drivers need to use their indicators to indicate turning. 

Towing Regulations

Speed Cameras

There are many speed cameras located throughout Malaysia, the majority of these of found in the built up and tourist areas. It is highly recommended to stick to the speed limits in order to avoid getting a fine. 

Using Mobile Phones when driving

Using a mobile phone in Malaysia, while driving is prohibited, unless you have a hands free system. 


Many of the big hotels offer parking; however finding a space to park on the roads can be very difficult, especially in Kuala Lumpur. 
Double yellow lines will signal no parking. 

Motor Way Signs

Most road signs are in Malay language. The English language is used on important directional signs such as for the airport. Tourist signs will often also be written in English. European numbers are used on signs. 

Hazard signs are yellow diamonds with black symbols. 

*Sign indicating crossroads


Driving Phrase in English Driving Phrase in Malaysian
Expressway/Highway LEBUH RAYA

Traffic Lights

Turning left at a red light is prohibited. 

Toll Roads

There is a great deal of toll roads in Malaysia and they are most commonly found along the expressways of the larger cities such as the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru. 


What to do in an emergency

There are emergency phones located along some of the main expressways. In the event of an accident you should phone the police and wait until they arrive.  

Fuel Costs

It is fairly easy to locate petrol stations and the majority are found along the Malaysian expressways. 


The "Reduce Speed" phrase should be spelt as "Kurangkan Laju" instead. You got the wrong spelling up there. 
3/5/2017 5:17:52 AM
The minimum ages to get a driving license in Malaysia are: a) Motorcycle: 16 years b) Light vehicle (car): 17 years c) Heavy vehicles (bus, lorry, taxi): 21 years
11/24/2017 4:33:13 PM

Leave your comments here

 Security code
Click here to enter an extra message...

Hiring a Car

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Malaysia and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.