Road traffic in Morocco: our 13 tips
Depuis la route express qui vient de l'aéroport, prendre à gauche pour se rendre à votre villa en location
Dès le coucher du soleil, il faut redoubler d'attention sur les routes marocaines. Les deux-roues ne sont pour la plupart pas éclairés. Danger !
Cette large et double avenue permet de se rendre à la mer ou au centre-ville depuis le Jardin aux Etoiles
Signés Hicham Lahlou, ces luminaires design constituent une exception quant au bon éclairage dans le sud du pays. Attention aux rues mal éclairées !
Ne payez pas davantage que deux dirhams pour vous garer. Au-delà, c'est illégal, donc de l'arnaque !
Nos hôtes bénéficient de 25 % de rabais sur leur véhicule à partir de l'aéroport d'Agadir,
Contrary to what one might fear in a developing country, the Moroccan road network is relatively modern and well maintained, at least on the main axes. A European motorist is not totally disoriented there. However, he must be very careful at all times. And he must expect anything! There are many pitfalls! Here are our 13 practical tips, based on our own practice of driving in Morocco.
1. Driving permit : a permit from a European country is sufficient. International travel permit is not required. Moroccans get theirs after a more than rudimentary examination, and very unprofessional, so be careful! Some ride in a particularly unconscious way! Overtaking on the right is frequent ... among other maneuvers contrary to international rules!
2. Legal provisions on road traffic : they are generally taken from French legislation.
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3. Order fines and corruption : the police are quick to draw up a report! However, do not think that foreigners are the first concerned; it is the natives that the police and gendarmes are targeting. Do not be tempted by corruption , the eradication of which is one of the main objectives of the Moroccan government, alas without much results ... Prefer to discuss kindly with the representative of the police who threatens to stick you a fine . This can be quite salty. Most of the time, if you know how to do it and if your smile and your good faith appear clearly, you will be left to walk away free from any prevention. Tourists are generally privileged.
4. Speed checks : they are very frequent and based on the use of mobile speed cameras. On the Aït Melloul- Taroudant expressway, respect the speed limits (100 km or 80 km, as well as 60 km when approaching the airport).
5. Pollution: the vast majority of vehicles run on diesel, called diesel oil, the composition of which sometimes deserves to be analyzed! Road pollution is therefore very high, especially since no anti-pollution control exists and many vehicles are old and have more than 300,000 km on the clock ... Avoid therefore the hours of heavy traffic when entering and leaving Agadir , in particular at the end of the day, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The crossings of Inezgane, Aït Melloul and Tikiouine are particularly not recommended at these times, as well as at noon.
6. Taxis: there are two types. The small taxi is green, the large one has been largely renewed to switch from the Mercedes Benz brand (at the end of the race) to Dacia (made in Morocco). The first circulates in town and takes on board a maximum of three passengers. The second can take up to five or six passengers, less compressed than yesterday! The last large Mercedes Benz taxis are mostly sluggish, which does not prevent some drivers from overtaking in questionable conditions ...
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Whether it is a large or small taxi, obviously negotiate the price in advance. If Moroccan users are nearby, check with them that the proposed rate is not a scam. You have to be extra careful in Marrakech, also called Arnakech , where some taximen do not hesitate to lug you far into the countryside to make you believe that the journey between the airport and the medina is endless, which is not the case!
7. Public transport and trucks : both in Agadir and Marrakech , the Municipality has entrusted public transport to a Spanish company, named Alsa, which has replaced with modern vehicles the dangerous antiques that were in circulation until two or three years ago. years. The network is quite dense in the city of Agadir. There is also a line to El Gfiffat and another to Ouled Teima , the two towns closest to the Jardin aux Etoiles. Buses leave every hour.
Watch out for trucks! Their drivers frequently drive much too fast. They constitute walking dangers. Serious accidents are not uncommon. Stay away from them. Again, be prepared for anything! A truck can lead dangerously in the opposite direction! But don't make it a phobia either.
8. Red lights : watch out for sunset. The colors are then difficult to identify, in particular in Agadir, near the ocean, whose horizon is flat by definition.
9. Roundabouts : Signals whose local logic escaped the average driver have recently been removed. From now on, the rule is the same as in Europe: whoever circulates inside the roundabout has priority. With one exception, and a major one: roundabouts with red lights, very particular hybrids in vogue in Morocco. Even if you are already in the roundabout, you must give way to vehicles that receive their green light ... One of these traps is in Agadir! So redouble your attention. The local police are intractable, which is particularly appreciated by tourists not aware of this specialty ... very profitable.
10. Increased danger at night : as a general rule, it is not advisable to drive after 1 or 2 am or when traffic becomes scarce. It has happened, for example, that thugs install boulders on the Aït Melloul- Taroudant expressway, in order to rob the occupants of vehicles forced to stop in front of these obstacles. It is therefore important to manage your schedule well.
11. Unlit two-wheelers : despite the campaigns, we are told, by traffic officers, a very large majority of users continue to drive without any lighting or light reflecting surface. These drivers put their bodily integrity in serious danger, especially as some young people find nothing better than to drive head-on, and not in single file! Special attention is required in Taroudant and the surrounding area.
12. Alcohol and driving : although Morocco, a Muslim country, officially prohibits alcoholic beverages with regard to its nationals, it is not uncommon to meet users who have been drinking. This is how you can come face to face with a drunken man in the middle of an unlit side road or with a motorcycle driver stopped at a stop sign, then rushing towards your priority vehicle without any signal. precursor ... And drivers are often held responsible for injuries or death.
13. Hitchhiking : a tourist is not recommended to take one or more strangers on board, unless accompanied by a particularly dissuasive four-legged guard.
Ces animaux sont encore très fréquemment utilisés pour le transport. Leur présence sur la chaussée nécessite une attention accrue.
Attention aux deux-roues non éclairés, qu'on rencontre partout dans le sud du Maroc, et en particulier à Taroudant. Un vrai danger pour les utilisateurs, mais aussi les conducteurs
Une circulation très diversifiée, qui nécessite d'avoir l'oeil !
Ca arrive, ça arrive souvent au Maroc !