1. The length of road network in Moldova is 12,700 km, and less than 10 % of all roads are unpaved. According to new rules, which came into force on November 1, 2012, foreign guests, who arrive in the country by car, must pay for the use of roads.
2. Foreign motorists are required to buy a vignette. It can be purchased at the customs office or in specialized outlets located near major highways.
3. The vignette is valid 7, 15, 30, 90 and 180 days, and its cost is 4, 8, 14, 30 and 50 euro respectively. Vignette is sold with a certificate that must always be kept inside the car. The certificate must be showed to police officers at first request. This is one of the most frequently checked documents.
The presence of the certificate that confirms the payment is very important. Upon receipt, it is necessary to check that the certificate contains all important information including the vehicle number, the issue date and validity of the vignettes.
5. In general, the condition of roads in Moldova is significantly worse compared to the quality of roads in neighboring countries. Discerning motorists, who are used to driving on high quality and comfortable roads, will be confused to see numerous holes and cracks. Repair works on roads of Moldova stop neither in winter nor in summer, but it is still not possible to cope with all the problems.
6. Taking into consideration this peculiarity of local roads, it is not recommended to drive fast in Moldova. Foreign drivers shouldn’t make car rides at night because the quality of lightning on local roads is also poor.
7. The maximum allowed speed in the city is 50 km/h, while on country roads the maximum allowed speed is 90 km/h. On highways, the speed limit estimates 110 km/h.