20 billion dinars racked up

Kurdistan Region implements traffic fines for foreign vehicles

ZAKHO, January 29 — The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Interior is set to actively enforce penalties for traffic violations by foreign-registered vehicles, intensifying measures that were previously on the books but not rigorously implemented.

The Ministry is establishing a specialized traffic police unit at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing to ensure foreign vehicles are held to the same standards as Iraqi-registered vehicles outside the region.

The Ministry of Interior reports that traffic violations by foreign-registered vehicles in the Kurdistan Region have accumulated over 20 billion Iraqi Dinars.

Ibrahim Nejmeddin, a Northern Kurdistan truck driver regularly transporting goods to the region, expressed his concerns to 964media. He emphasized the importance of being previously informed about the recording of these violations.

“We were under the impression that it was only for domestic cases. We’re asking for leniency for past violations and are ready to adhere to the new regulations moving forward,” Nejmeddin stated.

Mohammed Suleiman, the spokesperson for Zakho Traffic, told 964media, “We’ve prepared and set up a traffic base at the Ibrahim Khalil border crossing, ready to enforce penalties as soon as we receive the directive from the Ministry of Interior.”

Regarding past violations, Suleiman added, “We await the Ministry’s decision on whether to forgive or collect on past violations. Once we receive the directive, we will act immediately.”

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