Lithuania will not change its position and will litigate with the EC regarding the registration of right-hand vehicles

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2011 10 28

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Lithuania will not change its position and will litigate with the EC regarding the registration of right-hand vehicles
Lithuania will not change its position and will litigate with the EC regarding the registration of right-hand vehicles
The European Commission’s request for Lithuania to remove obstacles to the registration of right-hand vehicles contradicts national interests. Lithuanian roads, as well as other infrastructure objects, are not adjusted to the constant movement of such vehicles. Therefore a large amount of right-hand vehicles on Lithuanian roads would aggravate the general traffic safety situation” says Minister Masiulis.
 
The European Commission announced about the decision to refer Lithuania to the EU's Court of Justice regarding the registration of right-hand vehicles, as Lithuania has not eliminated the obstacles for registration of such vehicles, thus purportedly infringing the principle of free movement of goods. Lithuania is not the first country referred for this reason to the EU’s Court of Justice.
 
 “Such a decision is incomprehensible to us because of the fact that EU representatives responsible for transport and traffic safety state that they support Lithuania’s position. The bureaucratic attitude to the free movement of goods should not contradict the common sense”, commented Minister Masiulis.
 
 The whole traffic system in Lithuania, including the movement of vehicles, distribution, pedestrian traffic, is adjusted to the movement on the right side of the road. According to traffic experts the permission for constant use of vehicles with steering wheel placed on the right-hand side and which are not adjusted to the movement on the right side of the road, should make a negative impact on the factors determining traffic safety.  
 
Global studies indicate that probability of a traffic accident involving the opposite traffic movement increases by 32 %. For the security of driver’s safety, as well as for the safety of other traffic participants it is important to operate the vehicle in line with the manufacturer’s conditions.