Russian cars will be banned from traffic as of next week in Latvia

Next week, February 15, the ban approved last year by the Saeima on vehicles with Russian registration numbers participating in road traffic in Latvia will come into force, with unregistered cars expected to be confiscated.

With the entry into force of the ban, the police do not plan raids, but will certainly act when noticing such situations, Interior Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (New Unity) said in an interview with Latvian Radio on February 7.

Kozlovskis asked the public to report such cars to the police. A fine of between EUR 750 and EUR 2000 may be imposed for unauthorized use of a Russian vehicle not registered in Latvia in road traffic.

“If drivers do not have evidence that they are transiting through Latvia, which must be registered with the CSDD, that they will not stay for more than 24 hours, the vehicle will be confiscated,” the minister said.

He also said there were some exceptions related to diplomatic missions. 

The Minister added that the presence of such cars in traffic in Latvia is not the greatest threat to national security: “It is, of course, our response and solidarity in relation to what is happening in Ukraine.”

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