The existing ban on the use of right hand drive cars in Lithuania runs counter to the country's Constitution, the Constitutional Court of Lithuania ruled on Friday.
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According to the court, the provisions of the existing Law on Road Traffic Safety as well as the traffic rules, stipulating that right hand drive cars can only temporarily be used in Lithuania by foreigners and Lithuanians living abroad, runs counter to the principle of equality as residents of Lithuania are banned from driving such cars.

The Constitutional Court believes that there's no legal basis to state that a person living abroad and driving a right hand drive car in Lithuania, where there's left hand traffic, poses less threat to road safety than a person permanently residing in Lithuania.

The Constitutional Court also cited a ruling by the European Court of Justice last March, calling the ban to register right hand drive cars in Lithuania disproportionate and violating the European law.

Rulings by the European Court of Justice are binding, the Constitutional Court of Lithuania underlined.

BNS
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