ArmInfo. Initiators of the development of the program providing for the implementation of a ban on import and exploitation of right-hand cars in Armenia are likely to be large importers of vehicles. On this, answering the question of ArmInfo, October 9 at a press conference deputy chairman of the human rights organization Driver's Friend, David Pedanyan said. According to him, the initiative should also be considered in the context of the business project of those who, as a result of the ban, will deal with the technical side of the issue, namely, the conversion of cars from the right to the left hand.
According to Pedanyan, at the moment there is no official statistics in Armenia about the road accident involving right-hand cars. Proceeding from this, the expert considers cunning as the fact that the motivation for this idea is indicated by the fact that the movement in Armenia is not provided for right-hand drive vehicles, and therefore a large number of accidents occur with the participation of such cars. Referring to the words of deputy head of the RA Police Armen Khachatryan, David Pedanyan noted that there is nothing like this. "The left hand cars rudder is probably more convenient especially on overtaking, however, for example, when parking, obviously the advantage of the right hand rudder, where the zone of visibility is greater," said Pedanian.
At the moment, as the expert said, the initiative will hit more than 35% of drivers' pockets. That is how much, according to unofficial data, is the number of right-hand drive cars in the republic. "The owners of these vehicles purchased vehicles mainly because of availability and, initiating this project, they create an additional and unreasonable financial burden for them, especially since the price of the issue is $ 700- 1000," he said. The talk about banning right-handed vehicles resumed with new strength recently. According to the rumored rumors, a new impetus to this initiative was given by large importers of cars, which "opened their eyes" to officials for the danger of these vehicles. It was on the results of these meetings that the Ministry of Transport started new discussions in this direction with the participation of all interested parties. As the minister of transport, communications and information technologies Vahan Martirosyan recently stated in the Armenian parliament, such cars are dangerous, since many traffic accidents are recorded with their participation (although no official statistics have been submitted to this effect so far). "In this regard, we intend to settle this issue at the legislative level, that is, to prohibit the import and exploitation of cars with right-hand drive in Armenia. However, the owners of cars with the right-hand drive will be given time to replace the location of the rudder," said the head of the Ministry of Transport. He announced that all importers will be given time to correct the position of the rudder on the left-hand side. As the Ministry of Transport told ArmInfo, the department is not the initiator of a possible draft law and at the moment there is no decision or bill on this issue. "Only discussions are underway," press secretary of the ministry Anahit Arakelyan said. Nevertheless, there are a number of documents within the framework of the EEU, which can stimulate the adoption of a ban on the import and use of right- hand drive vehicles. We are talking about the technical regulations of the Customs Union of the EEU, the provisions of which began to operate from 2015 on the territory of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus. And it turns out that according to the technical regulations, such machines simply can not pass the inspection. As the Russian media reported, from January 1, 2017, private motorists, as well as the legal entity, will not be able to obtain vehicles for the import of used cars at the Customs office for new vehicle safety certificates. The reason for the refusal is the absence in the imported cars of the Russian emergency response system ERA-GLONASS. In addition to Russia, this applies to Belarus and Kazakhstan. A physical person will not actually be able to bring into the territory of the Union countries a car not equipped with an emergency call button. There is no discount for cars from the secondary market. There is talk that the introduction of the "Era-GLONASS" in Armenia is "just around the corner". In any case, the company is interested in this. And, most importantly, from January 1, 2018, the customs standards of the EEU will fully enter into force throughout the Union, and new restrictions can be expected in Armenia.
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