Insert International Driving Permit stories here . . .
Needed one for Portugal. Getting it was a joke - Pay money to CAA, get a fancy looking paper booklet and that was it. They did ask for it when I rented a car though, so glad I had one. But when we rented a scooter? We were handed the keys and that was it...lol!Insert International Driving Permit stories here . . .
For Ireland:In Australia, laws and driving regulations differ from state to state. Some states require you to carry an International Licence with your current foreign licence. Other states request you carry your current foreign driver's licence together with a formal translation of your licence into English.
In most Australian states and territories (the exception is the Northern Territory), you are able to drive on a overseas licence as long as it is current. You can only drive vehicles which your overseas licence authorises you to drive and you must drive according to any conditions on your overseas licence.
And India:You should carry an International Driving Permit.
You must carry an international driving permit
As mentioned before, poor enforcement doesn't mean the laws aren't on the books.Strange... I drove in both the Northern Territory of Australia as well as Ireland, and I was even pulled over in Ireland last August and had my driver's license checked by the officer. Not a word of needing an international one...
Was reminded of this thread a couple days ago. Got stopped in Bali for riding without a helmet, though there were a bunch of other scooters around me that also didn't have a helmet. Cop asked for my IDP, which not only I had, I had it on me surprisingly. Was able to squeeze out of it with a $15 bribe (vs $25 ticket) for just the helmetAs mentioned before, poor enforcement doesn't mean the laws aren't on the books.
I find in the more touristy areas the cops know what the IDP requirements are and will ask and ticket accordingly. A cop that doesn't normally stop foreign drivers may not be up to date on the IDP treaties/requirements for each foreign country.