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From 2015, right-hand buses will be banned in Primorye
As part of the technical regulations in force in Russia, since 1 January 2015, it is forbidden to use right-hand buses in the country. The corresponding decree applies to Primorye, where the right-hand drive vehicles most. This was recalled today when summing up the results of the press conference of Vladimir Putin on Russky Island.
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade, told the assembled journalists that from January the restriction will apply only to passenger transport. According to safety requirements, buses with a steering wheel on the right put passengers at risk, people often find themselves on the roadway during boarding and disembarking.
The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade noted that, according to statistics, since the 2012 year in the Far East as a whole, and in Primorye in particular, there has been a decline in the import of supported Japanese and Korean cars. This year, the tendency to decline continues, the supply of new foreign cars is also declining. The decline in the level of purchases, according to the official, is explained by the presence of a large domestic production in Vladivostok. Russia already has a market for its own used cars, which is designed for use domestically. There is also a program to support the demand for the domestic auto industry, according to which you can turn in a car older than 6 in years and get a good discount on a new Russian-made vehicle.