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The federal government does not intend for now to prohibit the use of right-hand steering wheel cars in Russia
The federal government does not intend for now to prohibit the use of right-hand steering wheel cars in Russia, reassured Viktor Khristenko, Industry and Energy Minister. He was addressing a Cabinet session that gathered today to discuss a national medium-term automotive industry development concept. Anyway, blueprints to implement the concept really include an item concerning initiatives to amend traffic safety legislation. Involved ministries are to be ready with their proposals within the third quarter of the year, he added. "We shall be able after that to determine our final stance on the issue, considering all its pros and cons," said Khristenko. All vehicles driven in Russia are to come under unified standards and safety demands, he said. Public protest swept Russia today against an impending ban on right-hand steering wheel car imports. A number of media outlets triggered off the unrest by warning that today's Cabinet session intended to discuss a proposal by the Industry and Energy Ministry to limit the use of such cars. The action was especially massive in the Russian Far East -- in particular, Sakhalin and Kamchatka, where the majority of the population possess cheap second-hand cars of Japanese manufacture. These and other foreign-made cars with right-hand steering wheel make 90 per cent of all registered vehicles in the Kamchatka Region, for one.
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