ArmInfo. On December 5, the Armenian government amended its own decision of November 19, 2015, allowing importers of right-hand drive cars to import a vehicle into the Republic of Armenia and change the position of the steering wheel from right to left in place.
As stated by the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan, he had previously received numerous letters from citizens that many importers of right-handed cars became a good source of income for specialists in changing the location of the steering wheel in neighboring Georgia. According to the Prime Minister, the arguments of these citizens seemed logical to him and a decision was made to allow importers of cars to import cars under the "temporary import" customs regime, with following re-installation of the steering wheel on the territory of Armenia. As the head of government explained, only after replacing the steering wheel will they be allowed to register the car in the Police and operate in the republic.
As stated by the head of the State Revenue Committee David Ananyan, the government gives permission for the import of the "right-handed" cars for the last time. He recalled that this already happened once at the end of last year, when the government "gave the go-ahead" with the firm intention that this would be the last time. "We give the go-ahead for the last time and close the issue 100%. Don't come up with this initiative anymore," Nikol Pashinyan concluded.
To recall, the import of right-hand drive vehicles into Armenia was banned on April 1, 2018. It was reported that from October 1, the ban will operate within the requirements of the technical regulations of the Customs Union. Further, the legislator gave permission for unimpeded entry into the territory of the Republic of Armenia by May 1, 2019 for cars purchased before December 31, 2018.