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