Cars with Belarusian plates might be banned from driving in Latvia

Justice Minister Inese Libina-Egnere (New Unity) promises to continue to look for a solution so that cars with Belarusian numbers cannot also participate in Latvian traffic, she said in an interview with Latvian Radio on November 23.

The Saeima decided in early November that starting February 14, vehicles with Russian registration numbers may not participate in traffic in Latvia – until then, these vehicles must leave Latvia or be re-registered in Latvia. After February 14, unregistered cars participating in traffic will be confiscated.

During the Saeima debate, several deputies urged that such conditions be extended to vehicles registered in Belarus, indicating that otherwise, vehicles with Russian numbers will be able to travel to Belarus, receive registration numbers there, and continue to enter Latvia and participate in traffic. But the Coalition rejected such a suggestion.

On Thursday, November 23, the Minister of Justice acknowledged that her initial initiative was to apply the same conditions to both countries – Russia and Belarus, but the working group, which drew up the regulation and was also attended by representatives of other ministries, rejected such a proposal because currently, the European Union restricted the rules on car confiscation to cars registered in Russia.

But “let us continue to look for roads so that this includes Belarus,” the minister said.

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