Moldova follows the European practice of using pictures instead of words in most of its street signs. Since people here speak different languages and even use different alphabets this practice makes good sense. Many of the signs are very clear. But some of them are more difficult to figure out. So here is a guide to help Americans who want to drive in Moldova.
Children in road, next 80 meters
Yield. One way.
No left turn.
Caution, side street. (Also the schedule for the trolleybus.)
Dead end street.
Dead end street on left, crosswalk and blind person.
One way, except for trolley busses and microbusses.
Yield. This street is no longer one way.
This street is no longer one way except for trolley busses and microbusses. Watch for oncoming traffic!
No stopping. No trucks.
Stop at the red light. But if it is not working then yield.
Stop at the red light. But if it is not working then the other drivers are supposed to yield to you.
End of zone where drivers on cross streets are supposed to yield to you.
Can anyone figure out this one?
Famous restaurnat ahead.
Bumpy road. No stopping. Construction. Speed limit 30 kilometer/hour (20 mile/hour).
Don't yield. And don't stop either.
I was told that this means only small cars may use the right lane.
This bank serves business enterprises ("legal persons") Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM, except for a "pause" for lunch from 1 PM to 2 PM.
No parking. Except you can park on the sidewalk if you want to eat at this restaurant!
Children in the road, next 100 meters. But don't stop! Get your mobile phone from Moldcell. And this is where the microbus should stop.
Is it all clear? Any questions?