Recommended Safety Equipment (by Romania and/or EUroadlegal.co.uk)
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.
Children under 12yrs must not travel in the front seat, unless it is a two-seater vehicle.
Drink Driving Limits
The drink drive limit is zero.
Minimum Driving Age
The minimum driving age using a full UK licence is 18
Speed Limits (signs are in MPH)
Urban kph (mph)
Open Road kph (mph)
Motorway kph (mph)
If you have held a licence for less than 1 year you are restricted to a speed limit of 20 kph below the listed speed
Dipped headlights should be used outside built-up areas at all times.
It is forbidden to drive at night if your vehicle lighting is faulty.
You will need a ‘Rovinieta’ – a road tax disc – compulsory for both residents and visitors. They can be picked up at the border and most petrol stations. If you can’t show evidence you bought one when you leave, you could be fined. See https://www.e-rovinieta.ro/en/
Parking is only allowed on the right side of the road and cars must be parked in the direction of the traffic.
Fines can be made on the spot for simple offences such as not yielding the right of way to other cars or pedestrians. You may also have your driving licence taken away for up to 3 months – it certainly pays to practice patience and vigilance of the law when driving in Romania.
We could find no information on the use of mobile phones. To be safe keep use to a minimum and use a hands free system.
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.
Fire – 981
Ambulance – 961
Police – 955
Other Useful Information
The rules of the road are very strict in Romania and the police are quick to enforce them.
Despite this, many people still drive aggressively and often pay little attention to the
It is illegal to drive a dirty car.
The use of the horn is prohibited between 2200hrs & 0600hrs in built up areas.
You may pass trams on the right.
Useful Words and Phrases
Right of way
Drept de trecere
Lucrari de drumuri
Call the police
Do you speak English?
I am lost
Thank you very much
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Note 1: UK registered vehicles displaying Euro-plates (circle of 12 stars above the national identifier on blue background) no longer need a GB sticker when driving in European Union countries. Countries outside the EU still require national identification.
Note 2: Regardless of local requirements it is always a wise precaution to carry a spare set of vehicle bulbs and adjust headlamp beams for driving on the right. A spare bulb kit will not prevent a fine if you are travelling with faulty lights, but it may avoid the cost and inconvenience of a garage call out. On some cars it is inadvisable or impossible for anyone other than a qualified technician to change a headlamp bulb or lamp unit e.g. high intensity discharge (HID) headlamps and carrying spare bulbs is not an option. However, it is recommended that spare bulbs are carried for any lights which may be easily and/or safely replaced by the owner/driver. Do not forget to ensure that you also carry any tools that might be required to change the various bulbs.
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