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Driving in Moldova (Domestic Help)

European Union and international driving licences are accepted in Moldova; though technically you can only use them for up to 30 days after your entry into the country. It is best to apply for an International Driving Permit. Drivers should carry their licence and vehicle registration documents with them at all times.

As with the rest of mainland Europe, traffic drives on the right in Moldova. In Chisinau roads are generally well maintained. Elsewhere Moldova’s roads are in poor condition. Main roads between cities are usually two lane and often badly marked, poorly sign posted and are rarely lit at night. In some areas maintenance of these roads is also poor. Rural roads fair even worse with livestock, horse drawn carriages and agricultural vehicles being particular hazards. Chisinau excepted, it is advisable to avoid travelling on roads in Moldova after nightfall. Many accidents, especially at night are apparently attributed to drunken driving.

Though driving standards vary many foreign motorists have described the Moldovan attitude to driving as some what aggressive. Moldovan driving licences are not recognised by the EU.

Speed limits in Moldova vary especially in built up areas where they do not exceed 60 kph but are often lower. On main roads between cities the limit is 90 kph. It is illegal to drive in Moldova with any alcohol in the blood.

During the winter Moldova can suffer from severe weather conditions heavy snow and extremely cold temperatures. These conditions can occur between November and March. Motorists travelling in Estonia during the winter are advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before setting out. They are also advised to carry mobile phones for use in an emergency along with emergency supplies of food and warm drinks especially if they are going on a long journey. Winter tyres/snow chains should be fitted to vehicles.




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