Driving Rules & Regulations in Morocco

cheap car hire moroccoHire a car in Morocco and enjoy this beautiful – but very hot – country in comfort. Driving an air-conditioned rental car in Morocco is far more comfortable than using public transport, and with ongoing investment in the road network, the quality of the roads is improving all the time. Here are some rules you need to remember:

You must be at least 21 years old to drive in Morocco, but your car rental company may require you to be 25 years or over, with a minimum of one year’s driving experience, so check the company’s terms and conditions first.

Drive on the left-hand side of the road, and yield to traffic from the right when approaching an intersection. Note, however, that vehicles behind you may be attempting to overtake you at the same time, so take care.

The speed limits are as follows:

50 kilometres per hour in urban areas.

100 kilometres per hour on open roads and highways.

Speed checks recorded by speed guns are frequent in Morocco, with on-the-spot fines if you are caught speeding.

It is illegal to talk on mobile phones while driving in Morocco.

Despite improvements to the overall network, rural roads remain relatively poor, with frequent potholes and unpaved surfaces, so adjust your speed accordingly, and consider renting a 4X4 vehicle.

Driving at night is unwise, as many roads are unlit, and mountain roads do not have guard rails.

Be prepared for frequent horn use. If you are stopped in traffic and unsure of whether to drive off, the noise of car horns will let you know immediately.

If you are in an accident, while you are waiting for the police to arrive exchange insurance information and addresses with the other driver. Take photos of the accident for police and insurance purposes. A copy of the police report should be given to your insurance company.

Seatbelts are obligatory for everybody in the car. Children under four years of age must have appropriate restraints, so hire a car with a child seat.

Road signs are in both Arabic and French. Motorway signs are usually red with white script.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is not an option, given that Morocco is a Muslim country. Do not risk it unless you want to go to prison.

You will need an international driving licence to accompany your domestic licence. Your licence and Morocco car rental documents must remain in the vehicle with you at all times. You should also keep your passport, proof of insurance and your vehicle registration information with you.

You will find many toll roads between the major cities of Casablanca, Rabat and Tangiers. Tolls are relatively inexpensive, however.  You can drive east to west and north to south across Morocco on a pay-per-use basis.

To call the police, dial 19 in the city and 177 in rural areas. You can access medical and fire services by dialling 15.