Remind tourists about traffic rules, Bali Police tells motorbike, car rental owners amid fatal crashes

File photo of traffic in Canggu, Bali. Photo: Amahl S. Azwar.
File photo of traffic in Canggu, Bali. Photo: Amahl S. Azwar.

Following a number of fatal accidents involving tourists lately, the Bali Police today issued an advisory directed towards motorbike and car rental owners to do their part in ensuring tourists observe road rules on the island.

Bali Police spokesman Bayu Satake sent a copy of the advisory to Coconuts, which highlighted a number of accidents and traffic violations involving foreign travelers on rented vehicles, caused by their lack of understanding of local laws.

“Before they rent out vehicles, [rental owners are urged to] brief customers – be it foreigners or local tourists – to always follow traffic rules such as wearing a helmet, bringing their driver’s license, wearing seatbelts, not using their phones while driving, and prioritizing safety,” Bayu said in the advisory.

In addition, Bayu said the police are recommending rental owners to make road guides available for hire, who can help tourists navigate the unfamiliar streets of Bali.

Two foreign nationals died last week in separate motorbike crashes in Canggu and Ubud.

Earlier this week, four Russian nationals were injured after their car plunged off a cliff in Ubud. Police said that the driver was navigating with the help of Google Maps, which led them to a narrow and steep road. A brake failure reportedly led to the fall.

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