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Romanian Flag  ROMANIA – drives on the right

Please read the general notes in conjunction with those below.

Essential Safety Equipment

  • Warning triangle
  • First aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Headlamp converters
  • GB plate (see note 1)
  • Spare bulbs (see note 2)

Recommended Safety Equipment (by Romania and/or

  • Reflective vest
  • Torch
  • Tow rope
  • Spare wheel

Seatbelt Requirements
The wearing of front and rear seatbelts is compulsory when fitted.

Children Passengers
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)


50 (31)

90 (56)

130 (84)


40 (25)

80 (50)

120 (74)

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

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.

Mobile Phones
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.

Emergency Numbers
Dial 112 anywhere in the EU to reach the emergency services.

Local numbers:
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 traffic laws.

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







Filling Station






Right of way

Drept de trecere


Lucrari de drumuri







Call the police

Chemati politiae

Do you speak English?

Vorbiti englezi?

I am lost

M-am ratacit

Thank you very much

Multumesc mult

Embassy Details
British Embassy
24 Jules Michelet
010463 Bucharest

+40 (21) 201 7200 Switchboard


Office hours:

UK Time:
Mon-Thurs: 0630-1500; Fri: 0630-1400
(From last Sun Oct - last Sun Mar)
Mon-Thurs: 0530-1400; Fri: 0530-1300
(From last Sun Mar - last Sun Oct)

Visa section
Mon - Thurs: 1500 - 1600

Local Time:
Mon-Thurs: 0830-1700; Fri: 0830-1600
Consular section Mon-Fri: 0900-1200
Notarial and Consular services are available Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 12pm by appointment only.

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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