Automobile registration costs and traffic fines to increase
Interior Ministry requests regulation changes to control traffic system in Kurdistan
The Ministry of Interior of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has recently raised a plea to the region's council of Ministers requesting a significant increase in the prices for vehicle registration and plate numbers in an attempt to control the huge number of vehicles imported to Kurdistan that has caused traffic problems, as well as accidents.
In the letter, the price for registering a 4-cylinder passenger car would increase from IQD 800,000 (approximately US $670) to IQD 3 million, which is 3.7 times higher.
Registration price for a 6 cylinder passenger car is suggested to increase from its current rate of IQD 1.5 million to IQD 4 million. SUV rates would also increase if the Interior Ministry’s request is accepted. Registering fee of a 6 cylinder SUV would raise from IQD 2.5 million to IQD 5 million, and 8 cylinder SUVs would then be charged IQD 6 million instead of their current rate of IQD 3 million. Registering a pickup would cost IQD 1 million higher than its current rate of IQD 1.5 million.
In addition to the registration prices, the letter also suggests that the fee for the paperwork for registering a vehicle should be increased from IQD 50,000 to IQD 150,000.
Other suggested changes are related to traffic infraction fines, which include increasing all IQD 10,000 fines to IQD 60,000, all IQD 20,000 fines to IQD 100,000 and all IQD 30,00 fines to IQD 120,000.
Cars line up in a crowded street in Erbil Downtown.