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Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more, severe penalties including fines, imprisonment and / or suspension of driving license are imposed. The limit is 0% for newly qualified drivers.
Driving license: The minimum age at which an Irish license holder may drive a temporarily imported car and / or motorcycle (exceeding 125cc) is 18.
Fines: In the event of an on-the-spot, an official receipt should be obtained. They must be paid at a Post Office or bank, if paid within 8 days of the fine being issued there is a 50% discount. Police can impound a vehicle that is wrongly parked and can detain a vehicle with worn tyres.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane), diesel, Euro diesel and LPG are available. Petrol in a can is permitted. Credit cards are accepted at some filling stations. Check with your card issuer for usage in Macedonia before travel. Usually payment can only be made in local currency.
Lights: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory, an on the spot fine is imposed for none compliance.
Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory. Wearing of crash helmets is compulsory for both driver and passenger.
Motor Insurance: Third party motor insurance is compulsory. Green Cards are recognised.
Passengers/Children in cars: A child under 12 is not permitted to travel in the front seats of a vehicle.
Seat belts: It is compulsory for front / rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles with or without trailers are: 50 km/h in built-up areas, 80 km/h outside built-up areas but 100 km/h on dual carriageways and 120km/h on motorways. Special speed limits apply to newly qualified drivers, for private vehicles without trailers: Outside built up areas 60 km/h, but 80 km/h on dual carriageways and 100 km/h on motorways. New drivers are prohibited to drive from 2300 to 0500 (with the exception that there is a person older than 25 with a valid license in the vehicle).
Compulsory equipment in Macedonia
First aid kit – Not required for two wheeled vehicles
A tow rope
Fire extinguisher – Compulsory if the vehicle uses LPG*
Warning triangle – two if towing a trailer. Not required for two wheeled vehicles.
Reflective jacket – The jacket must be kept within the vehicle (i.e. not in the boot) and worn by the driver before exiting the vehicle in the dark outside of towns and on motorways. Compliant with EN 471.
Winter equipment – From the 15 November to 15 March, all motor vehicles driven outside built up areas, must be equipped with the following: Winter tyres must be fitted on all wheels and have a minimum tread depth of 4mm or if you carry snow chains the vehicle can be fitted with summer tyres and have a minimum tread depth of 4mm. Maximum speed limit if using snow chains is 70 km/h 4 wheel drive vehicles must have winter tyres with a minimum tread depth of 6mm or if you carry snow chains the vehicle can be fitted with summer tyres and have a minimum tread depth of 6mm.
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Other rules/requirements in Macedonia
*It is recommended to have a fire extinguisher and a spare set of bulbs in all vehicles. The spare bulbs recommendation does not apply if the vehicle is fitted with xenon, neon or LED lights.
A person visibly under the influence of alcohol is not permitted to travel in a vehicle as a front seat passenger.
The authorities at the frontier must certify any visible damage to a vehicle entering Macedonia and a certificate obtained; this must be produced when leaving. A certificate must also be obtained if the damage occurs whilst in Macedonia.
Spiked tyres are prohibited.
A GPS based navigation system which has maps indicating the location of fixed speed cameras must have the ‘fixed speed camera PoI (Points of Interest)’ function deactivated.
The use of radar detectors is prohibited.
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