70% of cars seized from Latvia's drunk drivers go to Ukraine

Another 11 vehicles seized from drunk drivers will be donated to Ukraine, the government decided on Thursday, July 13. Of every 100 vehicles seized, approximately 70 are given to Ukraine, Ināra Solosteja, representative of the State Revenue Service (VID) told Latvian Radio.

According to the government's decision of Thursday, 11 cars are intended for the military administration of the city of Kherson, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the Arbuzinsk village council of the district of Mikolayiv, the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, and the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service.

Vehicles are of various makes, including Mercedes Benz, BMW, Mazda, and Volvo. The total estimated market price of the 11 cars is approximately EUR 40,000.

Solosteja said the government has decided to transfer a total of 151 vehicles to Ukraine since March this year.

Of these, 117 have so far been transferred to the “Agendum” association, which provides for the delivery of the car to Ukraine and the transfer to the Ukrainian government institutions, taking all necessary action and covering all related costs. If necessary, the association shall also make technical improvements to cars.

The “Agendum” association receives requests for assistance from various authorities of the Ukrainian government regarding the need for vehicles.

The proportion between seized cars which are transferred to Ukraine and those that remain for sale in Latvia, could be 70 to 30, said Solosteja: “Of 100 cars 70 go to Ukraine.”

Solostea pointed out that the newest of the cars seized from drunk drivers had been manufactured in 2022 and the oldest in 1989. Vehicles manufactured from 2003 to 2007 are most frequently seized.

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