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Driving in Barbados
 
 
 

A good network of roads covers the entire island, but there are many potholes (except on the main highway). In rural areas, roads are often in poor condition.

Barbados drivers stay to the left, just as they do in the UK, which may take some getting used to for North American drivers. Use caution when driving at night because of narrow roads with no shoulders and frequent pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Speed limits are 40, 60 and 80kph (25, 37 and 50mph).

A Barbados driving permit (valid for one year) is required, which can be obtained from car rental companies, the Ministry of Transport (Monday to Friday, 8:30 am-2:30 pm), the airport (every day, 8 am-10 pm) or police stations in Hastings, Worthing and Holetown. You will have to pay a registration fee of BD$10, and show a valid licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit. Keep in mind that it is illegal to drive without a seat belt on, and children under the age of five should be restrained in an appropriate child safety seat.

 

 
 

 



 


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