Lithuanian to lift ban on registering right-hand-drive cars

The ministry has submitted respective amendments to the Law on Road Traffic Safety to parliament for approval.

“The bill sets out the conditions that would help ensure traffic safety. It is proposed that right-hand-drive vehicles should use additional vision equipment and have lights adapted to left-hand traffic,” Transport Minister Rimantas Sinkevičius said in a press release on Thursday.

The Court of Justice ruled last March that Lithuania and Poland violated the principle of free movement of goods by refusing to register right-hand-drive cars. Lithuania cited traffic safety concerns as the reason for not allowing registration of such vehicles.

The existing ban does not apply to right-hand-drive cars registered in Lithuania before 1 May 1993. Foreigners who do not hold a residence permit in the country can use such vehicles for up to 90 days per year.

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