Appearance of right hand drive cars in Tbilisi streets seemed somewhat extraordinary for most of us. Scepticists believed that driving similar cars was impossible for the public unspoilt by the novelties, while others, less bigoted, were eager to accept the diversity and soon the city was full of cars imported from Japan. Nobody felt perturbed by the novelty up to the moment when the government announced the presumptive ban on car import from Japan from the following year. The government decision triggered controversial results. Part of the public, along with the experts, hailed the initiative binding it with the necessity of providing human security, while the other part protested strongly against the governmental decision, setting social network and media a buzz.
Among the first to respond the issue at social network was the member of new political centre – Girchi – Zurab Japaridze. “The ban will yeld contrary result”. Later the New Political Centre voiced strong argument as a proof of their stance. “In December 2011 European Commission petitioned the Justice Court of the European Union , requesting from the court to provide a proof that Ban on import of right hand drive cars by Poland and Lithuania contradicted article 2a of June 8 1970 EEC Executive Order and article 4(3) of EC executive Order of September 5 2007/46/.
European Commission stated that if the vehicle satisfies the requirements of European Safety its safe movement is possible in every member state whether with right or left hand traff ic. The Commission accordingly believed that a ban on right hand drive cars contradicted the public interest, in regards with the provision of public safety.