The de­mand for cars in­creases in spring

New reg­u­la­tions in place causes au­to­mo­bile gi­ant deal­ers play with the mar­ket

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

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.

‘Traf­fic po­lice to al­lo­cate money for can­cer fund’

The KRG’s Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Traf­fic Po­lice has an­nounced that 5 per­cent of the money re­ceived from peo­ple for the pur­poses of ad­min­is­tra­tion fees will be do­nated to those who are di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

‘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.

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