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Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400508
02/17/11 11:46 PM
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16 months ago I went to San Pedro, I live in Caye Caulker..with my Montana Drivers License that was almost a year expired...I took no test what so ever and in 5 minutes had my Belize License.The gal at the desk did it, I knew to bring passport pictures.. I do have residency but still took no test . Just came back from the U.S and was able to rent a car with the Shabbily done license. I am aware you can get a more modern version of a Belize license if you go to Belmopan. Guess if you have never had a license a test would be required...then it also depends if the traffic officer had lunch yet or not as well....


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Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400509
02/17/11 11:52 PM
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If you are coming for 2 weeks, just use your US license, perfectly valid. I got my first BZ license 6 years ago in SP, although the test was easy, it took longer than your vacation to get them to schedule it! It was about 25 questions, they X out things like what side of Albert Street do you park on? Funny!
You don't need one until you move here permanently and don't want to go back to the US just for a license.

Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400555
02/18/11 01:54 PM
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When I got my Belize license I was told that I did not need to take a test by the gentleman at the traffic department because I am Canadian. All I needed was a valid Canadian License and passport type photos. Sure enough I went down with the photos, paid the fee and had a license. Took about an hour!

Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400559
02/18/11 03:17 PM
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To drive here as a local you have to excel at the following:

~Never ever look over your shoulder. Ever. Mirror is to check your hair.
~If somoene is parked on your side of the road meaning you have to cross into oncoming traffic so long as you get to the gap first go for it as fast as possible, much better if you stop the oncoming traffic that has right of way and allow everyone behind you to also follow.
~Wait in your Parking space to pull out into traffic until the the traffic coming behind you has to dramatically slow or better yet stop, to let you out. Don't hesitate, just pull out and never look.
~If reversing out into trafic from your property wait to ensure to stop the traffic flow in at least one direction and ideally pull out across both sides of the road. Don't hesitate, just pull out and never look.
~If at a crossroads junction and crossing the flow of traffic (ie turning left) pull out before the people opposite you and cut off their right of way. Leave it as late as possible so they are already in motion, but fast enough to get there first. Don't look at them and dont ever hesitate.
~The bigger your vehicle the bigger your right of way and you can get to your destination without ever stopping, perhaps even slowing down.

If a tourist:

~Drive exceptionally slowly in the middle of the road looking in the window of every shop - remember there are shops on both sides.

Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400561
02/18/11 03:31 PM
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Too funny Phil! smile

Re: Drivers License? [Re: Phil] #400568
02/18/11 04:22 PM
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You forgot "when stopping for any reason there is no need to move to one side of the road. Stopping in the middle of the road and blocking the traffic behind for several minutes is fine when picking up passengers or if you need to have a chat"!!


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Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400569
02/18/11 04:35 PM
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if driving a dump truck, never EVER use the hydrolic brakes. always use the down shift, double clutch, rev motor, apply 'Jake Brake' method for all slowing or stopping. remove muffler if needed.

Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400570
02/18/11 05:02 PM
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also forgot, when mixing drinks for your golf cart passengers or distributing beers from the cooler it is not required to slow or remain in the same lane.


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Re: Drivers License? [Re: elbert] #400571
02/18/11 05:53 PM
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When informed that you are going the wrong way on a one way street, say 'I'm only going down a ways', shrug your shoulders, smile drunkenly and hold your beer up in a toast to your innocence.


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Re: Drivers License? [Re: peterh] #400574
02/18/11 08:22 PM
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Ha! ha! ha! you guy's are a scream..........sounds like most islands smile

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