MEXICO DRIVING REGULATIONS

REGULATIONS

Driving regulations in Mexico are pretty much the same as they are in Canada or the U.S. so they are probably close to the regulations from where you reside. You obviously need a driver’s license to drive a vehicle in Mexico and beyond that use common sense.

SEAT BELT LAW

The driver of a vehicle must wear a seat-belt. Passengers are not required to.

HELMET LAW

There appears to be a helmet law in Mexico now. What this means is you need something on your head. Even a hocky-helmet is okay.

SPEEDING

Enforced [main highways near Cancun, Merida mostly].

PARKING

Enforced. Do NOT park illegally in Progreso, Merida, Chetumal, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Izmal.

NOTE: Sometimes an officer will remove the license plates from an illegally parked vehicle. This means getting them back from the police. This costs money and is time consuming. If you drive the vehicle without plates and get busted you will compound the problem and pay a higher fine.

LIGHTS ON DURING DAY

You do not have to drive with your lights on during daylight hours.

OPEN VEHICLES

You may travel in an open vehicle [back of pickup truck].

ALCOHOL IN VEHICLES

Passengers can drink alcohol however the driver of a vehicle is prohibited from drinking alcohol while driving a vehicle on public roads.

DRUNK DRIVING

Drunk driving is punishable and if caught YOU WILL end up in a Mexican jail for an indeterminate period of time until you have sorted your mess out. Good luck you will need it.

ROAD SIGNS

s-1
Stop

s-1
Stop

s-1
No Stopping

s-1
Speed Limit

s-1
Do Not Enter

s-1
No U Turn

s-1
No Right Turn

s-1
No Left Turn

Left Turn
Left Turn

Right Turn
Right Turn

One Way
One Way

2 Way Traffic
2 Way Traffic

Center Divide Begins
Center Divide Begins

Stay Right
Stay Right

No Passing
No Passing

No Unloading
No Unloading

These Vehicles Prohibited
These Vehicles Prohibited

Horse Drawn Carriages Prohibited
Horse Drawn Carriages Prohibited

Farm Equipment Prohibited
Farm Equipment Prohibited

Bicycles Prohibited
Bicycles Prohibited

Pedestrians Prohibited
Pedestrians Prohibited

Trucks Prohibited
Trucks Prohibited

Horn Prohibited
Horn Prohibited

Maximum Weight
Maximum Weight

Maximum Height
Maximum Height

Maximum Clearance
Maximum Clearance

Inspection Area
Inspection Area

Speed Bump numerous variations
Speed Bump numerous variations

Parking Okay
Parking Okay

No Parking
No Parking

No Parking Section Ends Here
No Parking Section Ends Here

Yield
Yield

Archaeological Site
Archaeological Site

Craft Market
Craft Market

Mechanic
Mechanic

Beach
Beach

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Guide to Driving in Mexico