The demand for cars increases in spring
New regulations in place causes automobile giant dealers play with the market
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has tried to control the automobile market through new regulation, but this had led car shop owners to increase the prices, and cause discomfort publicly.
Following a decision by KRG to halt importation of poor quality automobiles into Kurdistan, the prices have increased within the three Kurdish provinces of Erbil, Sulaimaniyah as well as Duhok. Some claim that automobile companies and dealers are behind the increase of prices.
An official from Erbil’s Traffic Police who wished to remain anonymous, told The Kurdish Globe that as the spring season approaches some of the automobile exhibitions try to spread baseless rumors in order to increase the price of cars. KRG’s new car regulations have been interpreted wrongly in the interest of business, as opposed to the public.
As Nawroz approaches this spring, many families are preparing to go to resorts where they celebrate this special occasion. Many have picnics in nearby villages, or close to mountains. The demand of cars increases during this period, as families prepare to go on a small weekend away societal concern grows. Automobile companies, and dealers use this season as an opportunity to make more money, and consequently increase the prices.
On the 15th of February, the KRG decided to halt importing poor quality cars into the region. According to opposition media outlets, the decision is to monopolize the business by some businessmen, who have close ties with ruling parties.
According to some experts, the decision to regulate the market, which has lacked regulation for many years, is in the interest of the public. However, shop owners have raised concern over potential future plans to raise the price of car plates, and this news has frustrated the public. Many believe KRG has the responsibility to control the market, and to en- sure that the local business companies do not exploit the current economical situation at the expense of the public.
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‘KRG to increase the price
of plate numbers’
The directorate rejected claims that the price of plate numbers will be increased. He said, ‘There is no decision to increase the price of the plate numbers. All traffic directorates across the region are following previous regulations regarding plate numbers’.
A man stands next to a car in an international automobile exhibition in the the city of Erbil.