Government Ordinance No. 43/1997 (‘Codul Rutier’), which governs road conditions in Romania, has recently undergone some amendments. The new changes, encapsulated in Ordinance No. 37/2023, aim to increase the safety of road users and raise awareness regarding restricted or closed roads. The new changes will enter into force as of 01 October 2023.
Identification of Hazardous Trees
The new ordinance provides that potentially hazardous trees must be identified by joint teams. These teams will consist of representatives from the forestry department, the road administrator, and, where applicable, the landowner.
Timely Removal of Trees
Upon notification, these potentially hazardous trees must be removed within a maximum period of 60 days. The timeframe is set to mitigate the risks associated with falling trees, thereby ensuring the safety of road users.
Traffic Disruption Procedures
The responsibility for initiating road closures to facilitate the safe removal of hazardous trees lies with the road administrator. This administrative action underscores the importance of swift and effective measures to prevent accidents.
Additional Measures for Increased Safety
Beyond addressing the threat posed by falling trees, the new regulatory act introduces several other rules designed to enhance road safety and public awareness. These include guidelines on road closures and restricted usage, aimed at ensuring a safer experience for all road users.
Government Ordinance No. 43/1997 – published in the Official Gazette, Part I no. 790 of 01 September, 2023 (it enters into force within 30 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette of Romania, Part I).