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Brunei traffic rules require all drivers to drive on the left side of the road and overtake
on the right. Left turns are permitted at red light unless otherwise indicated by
a sign at the intersection. Direction signals are required for turning and for changing
lanes during travel. When approaching an accident or if your vehicle is disabled,
hazard lights are required to be on at all times.
Only the driver and one (1) passenger are allowed in the front seats and are required to wear seat belts. However, the Land Transport Department insists that all riding in an automobile are required to wear
seat belts. Children under three (3) years of age must be fastened securely in government-approved car seats.
All drivers in Brunei should possess a valid driving licence issued by the Land Transport
Department. Licences can be renewed for a period of one (1), three (3), five (5) or ten (10) years with the yearly licence
fee being B$10. Brunei recognises valid international driving licences and valid
licences issued in other countries for a period of three (3) months. After this period,
they are required to convert to the Bruneian driving licence. Drivers with international
licences might need to attend an oral test. Driving licences can be renewed at almost
all post offices and also at the Land Transport Department branches during office hours.
There is a number of parking areas throughout the country. Drivers can park at multi-storey
car parks, covered parks, and areas marked for municipal parking at a certain rate.
The rate varies from B$0.50 to B$2.00 per hour. Monthly rates are also available
in certain parking areas. A number of parking areas have been privatised recently
including the parking lots at the Brunei International Airport. Illegal parking carries
a fine ranging from B$50.00 to B$200.00.
Always proceed with caution and adhere to the speed limit: 15 miles per hour (mph)
in school zones, 30 mph in business or residential areas and 55 mph on the highways
unless road conditions (weather, traffic or accidents) require slower speeds.
Speed limits are posted clearly on signs alongside highways and all major roads.
Travelling beyond the posted speed limit is against the law and drivers are subject
to fines in access of $200.00. Traffic police with hidden cameras and Enforcement
Officers from Anti-Accident Unit of Land Transport Department will be patrolling
the roads to detect any traffic offences.
Brunei follows internationally-approved road signs. However, road signs with Malay
script might be posted in some places. Therefore, travellers and new drivers who are not familiar
with Malay must know the signs well before driving. Road users must strictly follow
the signs and traffic rules. Black and white striped lane dividers are seen at major
junctions in the country. Do not change lanes indiscriminately.
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