in Menorca is little different to driving at home [except for the side of
the road you drive on for British drivers]. The majority of road signs are standard
Motoring laws, parking restrictions and driving in general
will be very similar to what you are used to. A bit of common sense will make
for an enjoyable event-free holiday. Below are a few tips and some important information
we at Poppycars think will ensure trouble-free motoring on Menorca.
driving a hire car you must always carry the hire document, your current
driving licence and passport or photocopy of your passport, carrying
these documents is important.
you extend the hire period make sure you get another agreement otherwise you will
not have insurance cover. Minimum period of hire is usually 3 days.
your driving licence, you will be refused a vehicle if you are not in possession
of a current driving licence.
also if you have a drink or two in the plane on you way to Menorca you may also
be refused a vehicle.
must be at least 25 years of age and have held a full licence for at least 3 years.
careful where you leave the vehicle, when you sign for it you are then liable
for any parking fines and towing charges should the vehicle be towed away by the
local police. [See notes below]
belts are COMPULSORY front and back, On the spot fines are imposed. Children up
to the age of 12 must be seated in the rear of a vehicle.The number of seat belts
in the car denotes the number of people the car is allowed to carry, you are not
insured to carry more than the allotted seat belts.
insurance covers all accident damage but remember damage to wheels and tyres or
the interior [cigarette burns etc.] are not. Also breakdown and accidents caused
by driver's negligence.
drink and drive, or drive whilst under the influence of any drugs, The insurance
company may [you can read will here] at there discretion
cancel the cover if an accident is attributed to either.
the event you have an accident:
you breakdown, run out of petrol or have an accident, safety triangles must be
placed 50 meters to the front and rear of the vehicle. The triangles are usually
to be found in the boot or rear of the vehicle.
down the other car licence plate number plus the driver's name/address if they are
Spanish, ask for their identity card number <D.N.I>. Check the other driver's insurance
company name. If they refuse, call the Guardia Civil. If there are injuries do not
move the vehicle or injured. Call the Guardia Civil and an ambulance, Tel no being
061. Mahon Guardia Civil, Ctra. San Luis s/n Tel. 971 36 1100.
Also at Ciutadella: Pza. del Borne s/n Tel. 971 38 1095. If there are no injuries
and both parties agree then there is no need to call the police.
OBTAIN name /address of any witnesses. In the pocket or somewhere
in the front of the vehicle there should be a standard Spanish accident
form. you fill it out with both parties' details, sign and you give a copy to the other driver.
Inform your insurance company / agent WITHIN 2 hours of any accident. If the car is hired the car hire company are the agents. Poppycars
phone number will be on the contract documents. If the car is NON
SPANISH be safe and call the Guardia Civil.
hiring a car always ask what you are not covered for. Everyone has the right
to know. You can also ask to see the insurance agreement relating to the hire company.
Note. If it is early in the season the agreement may not be readily to hand. Here
in Menorca paperwork can take foever to get processed.
are two different police forces on Menorca here are some of the differences.
Guardia Civil are the ones in green. They sit on roundabouts, main roads, side
roads, crossroads, and anywhere else you don't expect to see them. They will breathalyser
you if they suspect you've been drinking, fine you on the spot for not wearing
seat belts, speeding, crossing white lines and really anything that is an offence
in the UK will apply here. Be careful with these people-they can be very difficult.
They ALWAYS travel in pairs on traffic bikes or in Guardia civil vehicles.
do not operate in the towns unless they are called to a disturbance or an accident.
In the summer their numbers swell to cope with the many tourists who visit Menorca,
most come from the very large mainland towns for 1, 2 or 3 month spells.
are not to be messed with especially if you,re caught drinking and driving. BE
Civil Police are the ones in blue. They control the towns, the parking tickets
and the traffic flow. They are very much more relaxed. A policeman on point duty
will often be seen smoking whilst controlling the traffic.
also control the many building works that take place checking on noise levels,
[in the summer] also building permissions, etc. You won't get a ticket from these
people except Parking. They will though get involved in traffic offences and traffic
your car safely:
is the case anywhere, common sense is the key here. It's best not to park where
you may cause an obstruction or danger to other road users, even though Menorcan
drivers do just this. In fact it seems sometimes to be a prerequisite to obtaining
a driving licence here.
towns, parking bays are outlined by a blue box, a ticket must be obtained from a
nearby machine. Put your money in the slot and get a ticket for 30mins, 1 or 2
hours and don't forget to display the ticket in your car window.
NOT PARK IN FRONT OF A GARAGE, OPENING or DRIVEWAY,
most will have a round sign on or near VADO PERMANENTE_GUAL PEMANENT.
it's a house in the street it may also have every other kerbstone painted in RED
/ WHITE showing where not to park. Also a single yellow UNBROKEN line [same as
places are also allocated for disabled drivers, sometimes an English badge will
be acceptable but NOT ALWAYS, it's a bit like "on the
day" If in doubt and there is a policeman near ask first.
vehicle illegally parked will be towed away, a yellow triangle sticker with the
car registration number written on it should be stuck
on the kerbstone where the car was parked telling you where it is.
They have introduced mobile speed cameras on the island this year. Remember the MAXIMUM speed anywhere on the Island is 90 Kph. Most roads are only 60 Kph and built up areas 40 or less.