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Road Rules and Traffic Regulations in Morocco - Driving Nuances

1. Roads in Morocco may seem rather difficult even for experienced drivers. A huge number of bikers, horse-drawn carts and constant honking of car horns have become the main distinguishing features of local roads. It is also worth considering that local drivers are prone to serious violations of the traffic regulations.
2. In big cities, traffic is always slow. You can get into a traffic jam literally at any time. However, the quality of roads in Morocco is still the best in whole Africa. Difficult parts of roads with lots of sharp turns can be found only in the mountains.
3. There are also toll roads in the country. As a rule, the toll for one ride ranges from 5 to 20 dirhams. When entering a toll road, you will certainly see a checkpoint, where you will need to pay the toll.

Nuances of Car Rental in Morocco

To save on your rental, we advise to book your car in advance. You will save the most if you do this several weeks or even several months prior to your trip. Rental offices in Morocco usually raise rental prices over time, based on the number of cars left available for the accounting period.

When looking for an exotic car (cabriolet, minivan or limousine), we advise to check in the rental offices located at airports, as they usually provide much wider choice comparing to offices in urban areas.

Upon receipt of invoices, bills and documents for your car at the rental location, please compare the obtained data with your voucher. Quite often, employees of rental offices in Morocco try to add optional charges or services without informing customers.

It is very important to pick up your car at the rental office in Morocco in a correct way. Prior to leaving the office, carefully inspect the car for various defects, and ensure that all the discovered defects are mentioned in your rental documents. In case of a non-compliance found, place a demand for correction to the rental officer.

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4. In big cities, there is a definite problem of lack of parking lots. Foreign drivers should not forget that absolutely all parking lots in Morocco are not free. Many parking lots are equipped with special ticket machines, through which you can pay for parking in cash or by credit card. Some parking lots have cashiers, so it is possible to pay for parking in cash only.
5. Even if you park your car on the side of a deserted road, in a couple of minutes there will be certainly someone who will tell you to pay for parking. As a rule, such a “parking space” costs no more than 10 - 20 dirhams. Even though the situation is ridiculous, foreigners are not recommended to get angry and argue with locals. Greedy drivers are likely to find new scratches and dents on their cars.
6. There are staff members at many large parking lots. They will help customers park their cars in the most convenient locations for just one dirham. Drivers are not recommended to reject help of these employees, because it will be quite difficult to “squeeze” to the only free parking space.
7. When you leave your car at the parking lot, do not be surprised if you find some new dents and scratches on return. Parking workers often move cars manually to make enough space for another client, so damage is simply inevitable in such situations.
8. Taxi drivers are among most frequent violators of the traffic regulations. It is not difficult to distinguish them. Taxi drivers often ride rather old and small cars colored in bright red. The small size of the vehicle allows making most incredible maneuvers on the road. The fact that taxi drivers are always in a hurry is clear without any explanations.
9. In general, the number of old cars and non-standard vehicles on the roads of Morocco is simply amazing. It seems that literally everything that has at least two wheels can move in this country. If in big cities this peculiarity is not so obvious, in the country the diversity and uniqueness of vehicles is simply striking.
10. Attentive drivers will surely pay attention to a huge number of Mercedes-branded cars. As a rule, their age is at least 30 years. These cars are mostly painted white, beige or blue. In true, it is hard to see so many similar cars in any other country in the world.
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