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Traffic rules in Russia

  • Driving license

    National driving license is valid. Residents of other countries can drive a car using licenses issued by an EU country or national licenses with international driving permits.

  • Traffic

    Russia is a right-hand traffic country. Drivers are allowed to overtake on the left side of the other vehicle only.

  • Low-beam lights

    Low-beam lights must be on at all times (day and night, inside and outside settlements).

  • Seat belts

    Seat belts are required for all passengers (even in rear seats). Children under 12 years old and less than 150 cm tall must sit in special child seats.

  • Mobile phone

    Use of mobile phones while driving is prohibited, except when hands-free set is used.

  • Alcohol

    Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited.

  • Fines

    Traffic fines in Russia are from 500 roubles (for minor traffic violations) to 30000 roubles (for alcohol-impaired driving).

Speed limits in Russia

  • residential and yard areas – 20 km/h,
  • inside settlements – 60 km/h,
  • outside settlements – 90 km/h,
  • on highways – 110 km/h.

Parking in Russia

Parking is allowed on the right hand side of the road or at any place of the roadside where there are no prohibition or restriction signs. Long-term parking is only allowed outside the road. In general, parking in Russia is free. Paid parking is only in centres of some large cities and some airports.

Parking regulations

Parking is allowed Parking is prohibited
5 metres from a zebra crossing Within 5 metres of a zebra crossing
5 metres from the edge of the carriageway lines In places where you block traffic signals for other drivers
15 metres from public transport stops Within 15 metres from public transport stops
50 metres from a railroad crossing Within 50 metres of a railroad crossing
In one row parallel to the edge of the carriageway At a railroad crossing and in tunnels
Long-term parking in places marked with 7.10 and 7.11 signs In places marked with 3.27 and 3.28 signs
Stopping on the edge of the sidewalk if there is 6.4 sign and one of the special signs On roads with limited visibility
At the edge of the road or on the roadside if there are no prohibition signs On carriageway intersections
In two rows at the edge of the road if your vehicle is two-wheeled On tramways
At odd and even days of the month in places marked with 3.29 and 3.30 signs At odd and even days of the month in places marked with 3.29 and 3.30 prohibited signs
In parts of roads outside settlements marked with a 2.1 sign

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