rules: Be especially careful in Rabat, as this city is really policetown
with an officer on every corner.
Speed limits in Morocco: 40 in the cities, 60 or 80 on
bigger roads, 120 on the highway. There are plenty of speed checks around
Rabat and Casablanca. Mostly you will easily see the policeman with his camera
on a tripod, but sometimes they are hiding behind some bushes. If you get
caught you will pay 400 dirhams (about 40 euro).
Road signs: In the city centres of the big cities of Morocco
there are no road signs at all. Getting to the highway in for instance Casablanca
is very hard if you don't have a good map which includes the outskirts of
town. Sometimes you will have to follow the arrows towards the supermarket
Marjane, which is always next to a highway and often a lot better indicated
than the highway itself.
Driving after dark: Try to avoid driving on provincial
roads the first hours after darkness has fallen. There is still plenty of
traffic on the roads and pedestrians, cyclists and motorbikes (without lights)
around villages along the road have a suicidal behaviour. You will only see
them in the very last moment if you are lucky enough not to be blinded by
the strong headlights of cars driving in the opposite direction.
Highway: There is a very good highway between Casablanca
via Rabat to Fez and Tanger. There is a French style system of Peage (road
toll). Toll prices are low for Western standards, but high enough to keep
those dangerous Mercedes grand taxis and most of the old and wild driving
trucks out. You can easily drive 120 kilometers an hour. At night you might
be blinded by the beam headlights of cars in the other direction, but it
is still a lot better than on the provincial roads.
A large part of the Moroccans does drive
safely, but the Moroccan taxis, especially the grand taxis, are real
cowboys that make travelling through Morocco a lot less safe, especially
when they start overtaking trucks on the most dangerous places.
Now and then
you will also meet young Moroccans with fast cars which are probably even
more dangerous than the grand taxis. You will meet a lot of them in Casablanca,
where driving is at its most dangerous.
You will see a lot of police
along the roads, checking here and there a car. There are also a lot
of manually operated speed cameras.
There are good highways between Casablanca
(and even further until 30 km before El Jadida), Rabat and Fes, where
you can easily drive 120 km per hour. The fact that you have to pay (French
system of payage) for using the highways makes also that there is little
Driving at night in Morocco is not recommended as cars driving
in the opposite direction are blinding you with their full lights
which they (and you also) have to use to see the cyclists (no lights) and
pedestrians which are dangerously walking in the complete darkness at
the side of the road. (you will see them even now and then on the highway).Now
and then you will be face to face with an overtaking grand taxi, break
and move to the side if you want to stay alive, but check for pedestrians
first. Arrows with directions how to get out of big towns are very
rare, so you will need a good map. You could also follow the more frequent
arrows to the big supermarket Marjane, which is always situated next
to the highway.