Driving in Ireland
Visitors to Ireland must bring a valid national driving licence with them, issued in the country of their permanent residence. An International Driving Licence is not required by New Zealanders visiting Ireland.
Driving in Ireland is on the left of the road and seatbelts must be worn at all times, in the front and back of the vehicle. Drivers should note that they are obliged by law to carry their driving licence at all times when driving in the Republic of Ireland. Motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets.
There are very strict laws on drinking and driving and the best advice is simply "don't drink and drive". The measurement of speed limits on roads in the Republic of Ireland is kilometres per hour (Km/h). Motorists are urged to remember the change of driving laws when crossing the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The measurement of speed limits on roads in Northern Ireland is miles per hour (mph). In Northern Ireland, the speed limit is 30 mph in built-up areas, 60 mph on the open road and 70 mph on motorways unless shown otherwise. In the Republic of Ireland, the speed limit is 120 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on national roads and 80 km/h on non-national roads. There is a good network of petrol stations throughout Ireland, selling unleaded petrol and diesel. Barrier-free tolling on certain motorways in the Republic of Ireland was introduced in September 2008- visit www.eflow.ie for further information