1. Which side of the road do people drive on in Edinburgh?
In Edinburgh, like the rest of the UK, people drive on the left side of the road.
2. What is the general speed limit in Edinburgh?
The general speed limit in built-up urban areas, such as Edinburgh, is 30 mph (48 km/h). Other areas may have different limit like 60 mph on single carriageway & 70 mph on dual carriageways and motorways. However, specific areas may have different speed limits, and these will be clearly indicated by road signs.
3. Do I need a specific driving licence to drive in Edinburgh?
If you have a full driving licence from a country within the EU or EEA, you can use this to drive in Edinburgh. If you're from outside the EU or EEA, you'll need an International Driving Permit alongside your domestic licence.
4. Are there many speed cameras in Edinburgh?
Yes, there are speed cameras in Edinburgh. These include both fixed and mobile speed cameras and they're used to ensure drivers adhere to the speed limits for the safety of everyone on the road.
5. Is Edinburgh a busy city in terms of traffic?
Like any city, Edinburgh can have high levels of traffic, especially during peak hours in the morning and evening. If you're driving into the city, it's advisable to allow extra time for your journey.
6. Are there tolls on Edinburgh roads?
No, there are no toll roads in Scotland. The only tolls that exist are for some bridges and tunnels. The Queensferry Crossing and the Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh are toll-free.
7. Does Edinburgh have specific road rules I should be aware of?
Standard UK driving laws apply in Edinburgh. For example, it is illegal to use handheld mobile devices while driving. You must also give way to oncoming traffic from the right at roundabouts.
8. What are the rules about parking in Edinburgh?
In Edinburgh, there are various on-street Pay & Display parking spaces. Many car parks are also located around the city. However, parking can be limited so it's always best to plan ahead. Parking restrictions are enforced.
9. Can tourists drive in Edinburgh?
Yes, tourists can drive in Edinburgh. You just need to ensure you have the appropriate driving licence and understand the local driving laws and regulations.
10. Are there zones in Edinburgh where cars are not allowed?
There are certain zones in Edinburgh city centre where access for cars is restricted at specific times, primarily for reducing congestion. These zones are clearly signposted.
11. What are Scottish country roads like for driving?
Outside of Edinburgh, many roads in rural areas of Scotland are single track roads and have a speed limit of 60 mph. It requires some extra care while driving, especially around bends.
12. Are car headlights needed during the daytime in Edinburgh?
Although not generally required by law during the day under normal weather conditions, it's recommended to use headlights in poor visibility conditions.
13. Are seatbelts mandatory in Edinburgh?
Yes, it is mandatory for the driver and all passengers to wear seatbelts in Edinburgh and throughout the UK.
14. Can I hire a car in Edinburgh if I’m under 25?
Yes, many car hire companies in Edinburgh will rent cars to drivers aged 21 or over, although a surcharge may apply for drivers aged under 25.
15. Is car insurance obligatory in Edinburgh?
Yes, it is a legal requirement to have at least third party insurance cover to drive in the UK, including Edinburgh.