The cars are being sent as a result of rapid legal changes that mean vehicles confiscated by the state from drunk drivers can now be sent to assist Ukraine in its defense against Russian brutality. The original owners receive no compensation, making their decision to drink and drive an extremely costly one.
"A little more than a month passed from the idea to its realization. I am grateful for the support and active involvement in the process of the State Revenue Service, government colleagues, the Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission and also the members of the Saeima for the unanimously supported amendments to the Law on the Support of Civilians of Ukraine. Once again, we have confirmed our unity in providing support to Ukraine," said Minister of Finance Arvils Ašeradens.
Pursuant to the Civilian Support Law of Ukraine, state-owned vehicles may be transferred to the Government of Ukraine free of charge to help address the consequences of the war-related emergency in Ukraine and support Ukrainian society. This is another way Latvia will help Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression.
"This is important support for Ukraine, because every car at the front means a saved life. The transfer of the cars approved by the government today is very good news for the five army units of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, as well as for three medical institutions, for which these vehicles will be essential support in liberating Ukraine and saving people," says Reinis Pozņaks, founder of the "Twitterconvoy" initiative that has already sent hundreds of vehicles to Ukraine and Pozniaks voted Latvia's European of the Year, as previously reported by LSM.
The State Revenue Service (SRS) has compiled an up-to-date list of vehicles seized by the state, which can then be matched to needs in Ukraine. All vehicles are in good technical condition.