Most roads are single lane on St Helena – driving on the left-hand side of the road. The high way code states that drivers coming down must make way for up-coming traffic. The drink drive laws are strictly applied on St Helena, with a limit of 50µg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
Unless otherwise stated, normal speed limits are 30mph. Road signs are shown in miles per hour. In Jamestown the speed limit is 20mph.
Petrol and diesel can be bought from Solomon’s Fuel Station, Jamestown; Half Tree Hollow Supermarket and Longwood Supermarket.
Visitors to St Helena should be aware of the following regulations currently in place with regard to driving on St Helena:
Visitors (residents or non-residents) can drive on St Helena for a period of three (3) months on an overseas driver’s licence. Please note: The three month period is unrepeatable, and can only be utilised within the initial visit(s), e.g. a visit of three months, or two consecutive visits of one and a half months. The overseas driver’s licence should be clean and valid. Persons with current driving convictions should present evidence of these convictions to a responsible officer, to avoid committing a criminal offence.
Persons staying on St Helena for longer than the three month period, and who wish to continue driving, are required to purchase a St Helenian licence. This licence can be acquired from the Post & Customer Services Centre, which is located in Main Street, Jamestown. Persons are required to physically present themselves to the front counter staff and to present their valid overseas driver’s licence. They are also required to fill in the mandatory form and pay a fee of £12.10. The St Helenian licence will be valid for a period of one year, after which it will have to be renewed.
Persons over seventy (70) years of age, who wish to drive on St Helena, are required to produce a valid local medical certificate, stating that there are no medical issues impeding the individual from driving on St Helena. Persons who fail to produce a clean/valid local medical certificate will not be allowed to drive on St Helena.