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Yet another video of a foreigner driving illegally in Bali has emerged online.

Footage of foreigners driving intentionally recklessly or unknowingly dangerously get posted online almost every day as local people become increasingly frustrated with the situation. 

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In the most recent case, a foreign man can be seen driving a moped around the barrier to the Mandara Toll Road.

Not only this, but he is not wearing a helmet, is dressed in a singlet and shorts, and is driving wearing flip-flops.

The most significant violation is that motorcycles are not permitted to use the Mandara Toll Road. 

The caption reads, “A video circulated by netizens on TikTok social media shows a foreigner riding a motorbike without wearing a helmet, allegedly breaking through a sign in the car lane on the Bali Mandara toll road. At the end of the video, the officer is seen trying to chase the foreigner.”

The Communications Manager for the Mandara Toll Road, I Wayan Purwajaya, confirmed the situation to reporters after the video continued to circulate online.

He explained, “The incident occurred on Sunday 17 March 2024 at around 18.00 WITA at the Benoa Toll Gate. The motorist using the toll road was stopped by our Mobile Customer Service Officer at KM 1+400 B and evacuated using a tow vehicle to get off the toll road.” 

He noted that the security team had trouble communicating with the man, who was believed to be Russian.

Purwajaya continued, “To avoid similar incidents, Mandara Toll Road reminds all road users to always pay attention to and obey traffic signs, follow officers’ directions, and ensure that their electronic cards have sufficient balance.”

He added “We express our gratitude for the attention and cooperation of all parties in maintaining the safety and comfort of traffic on the Bali Mandara Toll Road.”

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Tourists intending to drive in Bali must be up to speed with local traffic laws. It is regarded by law that all motorcycle drivers and passengers wear a helmet and suitable protective gear.

Drivers must have full international driving licenses that clearly state they are legally capable of driving a motorcycle. Remember that most car driving licenses also automatically cover drivers using a 50cc motorcycle.

However, most basic mopeds in Bali are 125cc, meaning many tourists using their car driving licenses are not only not licensed to drive a scooter but will also not be covered by their medical, travel, or health insurance in the event of a collision. 


Citizen journalism accounts on Instagram and satirical social media accounts focused on Bali all regularly show footage of tourists driving incredibly dangerous in Bali.

Some videos show tourists doing wheelies, driving far too fast through busy (and even empty) streets, and, in one shocking video that emerged in the last few weeks, even setting off fireworks as they drive motorcycles through residential areas. 


This kind of unruly and wild behavior is what led the Bali Provincial Government to introduce the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of Bali’, a list of basic rules for tourists to adhere to while on the island.

Tourists are urged to honor Indonesian traffic laws and obey the rules of the roads.

Bali’s roads are seriously dangerous, with collisions doubling in the last year alone.


Over the years, dozens of tourists have lost their lives on Bali’s roads, with thousands more ending up in hospital with serious injuries.

With collisions increasing to such a degree, tourists are encouraged to reconsider even driving in Bali at all.

With motorcycle taxis (Ojek, GoJek, and Grab) all readily available 24/7, many tourists feel it is safer to let a local driver navigate the increasingly chaotic roads, especially around resorts like Canggu and Uluwatu. 

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Saturday 30th of March 2024

Not forgetting you only need a letter from the school to get on a bike under age and no insurance

Steve b

Monday 1st of April 2024

@Paul, correct my 14 year old takes my 11 and 5 year olds to's normal, very wrong yes but normal.


Saturday 30th of March 2024

That's it blaming the tourist again what about the vocals on license no helmet 4on a bike. Whenever they see a police block they'll stop 200 meters away until they're gone

J West

Saturday 30th of March 2024

Bad driving is only part of the Russian crime wave that's happening in the Bali motorcycle circles. In Thailand the Russians are now so bad that Thai police have been forced to move to shut down the hundreds of Russian gangster criminals renting out thousands of scooters and vehicles. Bali had better move before Russians start enforcing their territory with extreme violence and corruption as is happening in Thailand . Criminals are using Bali for money laundering and corruption. What's next?



Friday 5th of April 2024

I'm in no way being apologetic for Russians or anyone else.

And what about the nationalities? I've an Australian acquaintance who owns 7 rental outlets. He freely admits 90%+ of his rentals don't have the required licence.

Also let's face it, a bulk of rentals come from small locally owned business or private arrangement.


Monday 1st of April 2024

@J West, Yes, the Russians are clogging up Telegram with rental requests and offers. Many of the motorbikes looks like heavy modified into illegal and unlikely roadworthy noise machines. Focus is on finding the right color, not if brakes and lights are working.

Bob Anderson

Saturday 30th of March 2024

Now if the locals obeyed the laws it would be complete.


Saturday 30th of March 2024

Give it up. Last week a Finnish guy i met handed over 500,000 to the police who stopped him for no licence, no helmets x 2, no shoes. 99.9% of tourists come with no International licences and of those who do 99.9% would not havr motor cycle endorsement. Get serious and clean this up and you might reduce traffic congestion. And stop visas to Russians.


Monday 1st of April 2024

@Steve b, You are probably right that "Most of the licenses for sepeda motors for lokals are bought".

I have done the theory tests (and passed) for both motorbike and car: 30 questions on a computer: You are presented a video showing a traffic situation, asked a question and then need to click OK or NOK-OK. The videos shows some crazy situations that you will so all they on the roads here -- but I guess many locals will fail as they think this is normal way to drive worldwide.

Steve b

Sunday 31st of March 2024

@Karen, most reading in the greater denpasar area are not fit for purpose and for the volume of traffic on them that hasn't changed in 25 years. If they upgrade or do another underpass or toll road it's allready 15 years late. Majority of lokal wouldn't pay a 10.000 they keep going original way. Most of the licenses for sepeda motors for lokals are brought at the lokal police or someone's uncle or friend is in the police who gets it for them. That's part of the reason for kaos on the road. Delivery trucks should only be delivering from 8pm to 8am. I dread driving down to denpasar for any length of time