By John Lee.
Iranian police have reportedly stopped issuing number plates for cars made in the United States.
Police spokesman Saeed Montazerolmahdi is quoted as saying:
“All American-made and U.S.-brand vehicles, including Honda and Toyota, are banned from receiving number plate services by the police.
“The General Board of Police made this decision in July and U.S.-made cars are not able to receive number plates even if imported officially and legally via Iranian customhouse.”
In October last year, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered a ban on imports of U.S. products.
According to The Japan Times, Farhad Ehtesham Zadeh, executive director of the Iranian Car Importers Union, criticized the ban’s application to the use of already imported U.S.-made, foreign-branded cars, saying it has no legal basis and is based merely on an interpretation of Khamenei’s orders.
Driving a car without number plates in Iran is a criminal offense punishable by up to a year in jail.
(Source: The Japan Times)