Driving Rules & Regulations in Malaysia


You may be intimidated by the thought of hiring a car in Malaysia, but with a little research and advance planning, the experience should be an enjoyable one, giving you the opportunity to discover one of the most exciting countries in Asia. Here is some information that should make renting a car in Malaysia that bit easier:

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  • You must be at least 17 to drive a car.

  • Drive on the left and overtake on the right

  • Front seat belts must be worn while driving

  • Your driving licence must be available for inspection by police or at a Road Transport Department checkpoint

  • The blood-alcohol limit in Malaysia is 0.08%. Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is a serious offence, and you could be jailed.


Also known as access-controlled high-speed routes, expressways are dual carriageways with two or three lanes on each side. The maximum speed limit is 110 km/h, except in mountains or built-up areas, where it falls to 90 km/h. Expressway road signs are green with white text, except for Federal Highway signs, which are blue with white text. All expressways are tolled for cars, with the costs at each toll gate listed on the left side of the expressway, about 1km from the payment point. You can pay in cash or using aTouch ‘n Go card, available from expressway management offices at specific toll payment gateways, or from the toll booth itself.

Federal Roads

Federal roads or primary roads have one or two lanes and expand to four lanes in places with heavier traffic. Federal roads linked to expressways are considered part of the expressway system.The maximum speed limit on federal roads is 90 km/h, and the Highway Police have speed traps and police watch towers along the roadway.

State Roads

State roads, or secondary roads, have one lane and are situated mainly in city suburbs, older city districts, and in rural areas. The speed limit is between 60 and 90 km/h.  Some state roads resemble federal roads, except for the colour codes of the road signs, which vary between states.

Breakdown and Recovery

The Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM) provides towing and vehicle breakdown assistance. Other services on offer include motor insurance, car maintenance and inspection services.

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Travelling in Malaysia? See our guide to Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi.