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Guernsey is a separate licensing jurisdiction and it is normally necessary for an individual who is or becomes a Guernsey resident and wishes to drive, to obtain a Guernsey driving licence. The Environment Department is responsible for driving licence age limits and driving test regimes. Whilst the rules of the road are broadly the same as those in the United Kingdom, driving conditions are not and there are many narrow roads, often with no footpaths. Before taking to Guernsey roads, as well as understanding the Highway Code, motorists should become familiar with a few local driving regulations as detailed in the 'Driving in Guernsey is Different' information leaflet.

The Department is also responsible for maintaining a register of vehicles owned by Guernsey residents and companies. Vehicles that are registered in Guernsey are allocated a registration mark that is made up of a sequence of numbers. From time to time the Department auctions off low or interesting numbers. It is important that the vehicle registration database is kept up to date and there are strict time frames permitted for registration of vehicles and transfers of ownership.

The vast majority of public parking in Guernsey is free at this time but there are restrictions on the maximum duration a vehicle can be parked and in some areas, restrictions on the size/weight allowable. It is required to display a parking clock in Disc zones and these can be obtained from a variety of sources such as the Police, the Department's Traffic Office and from the Tourist Information Centre. Public parking is at a premium in many residential areas of St Peter Port and permit schemes are in operation to assist.

The menu on the left hand side of the page leads to topics of interest concerning driving and vehicle ownership. If you cannot locate the specific motoring subject that is of interest to you please contact the Traffic Services Unit using the details below.

Traffic and Transport Services Unit

P.O. Box 145,  Bulwer Avenue,  St Sampsons,  Guernsey,  GY1 3HY,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 243400 Email: traffic@gov.gg

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