Au­to­mo­bile reg­is­tra­tion costs and traf­fic fines to in­crease

In­te­rior Min­istry re­quests reg­u­la­tion changes to con­trol traf­fic sys­tem in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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