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Driving in Bosnia Herzegovina (Domestic Help)

Traffic laws and regulations in Bosnia & Herzegovina are similar to those of other Western European countries. Drivers should familiarise themselves with these before commencing their journey. Vehicles are driven on the right hand side of the road in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Caution should be exercised on the road network. The use of seatbelts, front and back, is compulsory. Drivers are not permitted to use a mobile phone while driving unless it is "hands free". Apart from the outskirts of Sarajevo there are no dual carriageways in the country. You should exercise caution when travelling outside the main towns and cities, especially in winter when road conditions can deteriorate rapidly.

You should exercise extreme caution when driving at night as many roads are badly lit or have no lighting at all. Long-distance travel at night should therefore be avoided. You should take care when overtaking and when approaching traffic lights as local drivers have a habit of breaking suddenly when traffic lights change to amber. If you are involved in an accident you should remain at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. The police may breathalyse those involved. Traffic police have the power to impose on the spot fines for any traffic offence.

You should keep to surfaced roads and not stray off-road without an experience local guide as there continues to be a widespread danger of landmines and other unexploded ordnance.

Between 15 October and 15 April, it is obligatory to have winter tyres on your vehicle. Alternatively, you may use summer tyres with a minimum thread of 4mm as long as you have snow chains in the vehicle and you can demonstrate, if asked, how to fit them correctly.

You must have a valid International Driving Licence/Permit, together with your driving licence, to drive in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The minimum driving age is age 18. Most applicants obtain their driving licence by age 25. A local driving licence is not difficult to obtain, but it is very expensive. It takes approximately three months obtain a licence in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Applicants must take formal driving lessons and practice driving using their parents’ car.

The steps involved in obtaining a driving licence in Bosnia & Herzegovina include:

• theoretical written test;
• driving lessons;
• practical test;
• fees.





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