ArmInfo. The importation of right-hand cars into Armenia will soon be banned. This was reported by ArmInfo sources at the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technologies of Armenia. "The bill, which provides for a ban on the importation of right-handed vehicles into the republic, rather than their operation, will soon be submitted for approval by the Government of Armenia," a source in the ministry said. It is planned that by mid-November the document will be submitted for consideration by the legislative body of the country.
Talks about a possible ban on the import and exploitation of right-hand drive vehicles are not being discussed in Armenia for the first time. However, to this day there is no legal act regarding the suspension of the use of right-hand drive vehicles, the introduction of restrictions or requirements for owners of such vehicles. A new impetus to the initiative to ban, according to rumored rumors, was given by major importers of cars, which in the summer of this year. "opened their eyes" to officials on the danger of these machines. 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 Minister of Transport, Communication and Information Technologies Vahan Martirosyan noted 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 use of right-hand drive cars in Armenia, but the owners of the right-hand drive cars will be given time to replace the rudder location," said the head Ministry of Transport. The Office was assured that in the course of discussions, take into account the proposals of all interested parties. "After summarizing all proposals, they will be presented in the prescribed manner to the public and representatives of interested structures," the ministry said. Perhaps at this stage, in order not to create much noise, the authors of the initiative decided to limit themselves to a ban on imports (according to unofficial data, right-handed cars in the country more than 35%).
Earlier, responding to a question from ArmInfo, deputy chairman of the human rights organization Drug driver, David Pedanian, stated that the initiators of the development of the program providing for the ban on import and exploitation of right-hand cars in Armenia are likely to be large importers of vehicles. 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 wheel, because the price of the issue is $ 700-1000. Noting that at present there is no official statistics in Armenia about the accident with the participation of right-hand drive vehicles, the expert called cunning that the basis for this idea is the safety factor.