The Latvian Ministry of Justice will submit a bill to the parliament to ban vehicles registered in Russia and Belarus from the country. Violation of the requirements may lead to confiscation of the car if the vehicle stays in the country for more than three months.
Source. This is stated in the report of the department, moscowtimes.eu reports.
Any owner of a car with Russian and Belarusian license plates must re-register it while in Latvia. Failure to do so will be considered a traffic violation. You have three months to re-register or leave the country, otherwise you may face sanctions, including confiscation of the vehicle.
"Crossing the EU border with a vehicle registered in Russia, and therefore staying in Latvia, is a violation of sanctions. If the vehicles with Russian and Belarusian license plates are not re-registered within the deadline, they may be confiscated in favor of Ukraine," explained Minister of Justice Inese Libinia-Egnera.
The Ministry of Justice attributes the initiative to the European Commission's explanations, which indicate that the sanctions imposed last year by the EU against Russia also apply to personal cars of Russian citizens, and therefore citizens with their vehicles are not allowed to stay in the EU.
"Citizens of Russia and Belarus, whose countries are waging an illegal and bloody war in Ukraine and who nevertheless want to move to Latvia, I urge them to do so with Latvian license plates, on foot or using public transport, in compliance with the laws and traffic rules," added Libini-Egnera.
Similar measures were introduced on September 21 in Estonia. The country's Interior Ministry said that cars already in the country must be registered within six months or they will be taken out of the country.