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Drivers up against government move to dismantle right-hand vehicles

Drivers up against government move to dismantle right-hand vehicles

Dec 26, 2018 - 19:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Tens of owners of right-hand drive vehicles have demanded the renewal of their registration documents or called for seeking other options to resolve their problem as they strongly opposed their vehicles to be dismantled.

Article 19 of the traffic law says vehicles in Afghanistan should move on the right side of roads and driving right hand vehicles is illegal.

The Council of Ministers in 2011 gave temporary licensees for five years to right hand drivers and when the period ended, all right hand drive vehicles should be collected and disassembled.

According to the traffic officials said the five-year term of temporary right hand vehicle licenses had ended in 2016 and the Council of Ministers already decided to collect the right hand drive cars.

Tens of the drivers of right-hand vehicles gathered in protest in front of the parliament against the government move to dismantle their vehicles.

Farhad, one of the protesters, said: “I purchased a right hand car four years back against 400,000 Afghanis. It was all the money I had, I never thought the day will come the government will dismantle them,” he said.

He added it has been one year, the government collected his vehicle and he was unaware of its location.

Mohammad Fahim, another protester, said security personnel took his car one year back and he was unaware from its location.

Shamrez Khan Masjadi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said in line with the decision of cabinet the right-hand vehicles were collected and handed over to custom department.

He asked the owners of vehicles to be present while their vehicles are broken into parts.


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