One Russian-registered car seized last month in Latvia

On Thursday, March 14, a month has passed since vehicles bearing Russian license plates are prohibited from participating in road traffic in Latvia. During this time, the State Police recorded one offender – a car “Lada” was confiscated from the driver and a fine of EUR 750 was imposed.

There are some cases when a car bearing Russian state number plates can be driven on Latvian roads, for example, if Latvia needs to be crossed in transit and not more than once. To do so, you must declare to the e-service of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate (CSDD). Within a month, 815 Russian vehicles have been declared to the CSDD.

Also in Latvia, those who enjoy immunities and privileges in accordance with the norms of international law binding on Latvia may participate in road traffic with Russian license plates. It shall also apply to such persons who make short-term trips, including transit, official transactions to a diplomatic mission or international organization of Latvia or abroad.

However, it is prohibited for everyone else in Latvia to drive cars with Russian license plates. Otherwise, police can seize the vehicle. Within a month, law enforcement officers have recorded one violation.

“On March 3 of this year, the State Police in Riga found a car “Lada” with the number plate of the Russian Federation participating in traffic. The car was confiscated and a decision was made to impose a punishment,” State Police spokeswoman Līna Bagdone told reporters.

“If residents see that a car registered with the Russian Federation is in traffic, they can report it to the police, who will check the information,” Bagdone added.

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