Romania was formed from the coalition of the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia in 1859. The following years saw many turbulent events through the two world wars, the Russian Soviet domination and the rule of the despot Ceausescu. In 1996 Romania finally emerged from Communist rule to begin down the path of bold economic reform leading eventually it is hoped to EU membership in 2007.
Famous the home of Count Dracula and with some delightful resorts on the Black Sea, Romania is well developed as a tourist destination.
Driving on the right hand side of the road may be a new experience for some visitors as may well be the use of kilometres to measure distance - one good thing about using a rental car is that it will be adapted to local conditions with the steering on the left hand side and the speedometer marked in kilometres per hour.
The availability of rentals cars is good in Bucharest and Timisoara
The speed limits in Romania are:
On Motorways the limit is 120 kilometres per hour. This equates to about 75 miles per hour. On other roads not showing any lower restriction the limit is 90 kilometres per hour, that's 56 miles per hour. In towns the limit is 50 kilometres per hour, or 31 miles per hour.
Drivers face severe penalties if found driving under the influence of alcohol as the limit of alcohol in the blood is zero.
Persons under the age of 18 years are not allowed to drive in Romania even though they may hold a driving licence issued in another country.
The wearing of seat belts is recommended and children must be 12 years old or over to occupy a front passenger seat, unless in a child safety seat.
Before you drive away check that your hire car has a first aid kit and a warning triangle as these must be carried in Romania.
These notes are intended only to draw attention to some of the rules and regulations that apply to driving in Romania. They are not an exhaustive or complete set of regulations and may be superseded by changes in the law at any time. The publishers can accept no responsibility for any problem that may arise because drivers have failed to satisfy all the relevant legislation in any country in which they may use a vehicle hired through this site. It remains the responsibility of the driver to satisfy himself or herself that they are aware of all the relevant legislation that affects their conduct and the driving of vehicles in any country in which they may find themselves.
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