Estonia Enforces Fines for Cars with Russian License Plates

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.12 - 2024 1:30 PM CET

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Estonia is enforcing fines on vehicles with Russian license plates.

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Estonia is putting an end to the grace period for vehicles with Russian registration, requiring them to switch to local license plates, ERR reports.

Starting from Wednesday, March 13, Estonia has mandated that all vehicles originally registered in Russia must now carry Estonian license plates. The decision follows Estonia's move in September 2023, prohibiting the entry of cars with Russian plates and offering a transitional period for those already within its borders to comply.

Violators driving with Russian license plates from Wednesday forward risk a fine of up to 400 euros.

Data reveals that throughout the past year, 83 vehicles with Russian registration made the switch to Estonian plates, with an additional 13 doing so in 2024.

Neighboring Finland has issued a reminder that vehicles with Russian plates must exit the country by March 16, while Lithuania concluded its similar transition period on March 11.

This action aligns with the stance of all Baltic nations, alongside Poland, Finland, Norway, and Bulgaria, which have all prohibited the entry of vehicles registered in Russia.

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