Black car owners in Turkmenistan are finding themselves in a rather difficult situation. The country’s president recently widened his ban on black cars, which previously only involved new imports and some used by government workers to include those driven by the nation’s citizens. According to Radio Free Europe - Radio Liberty Turkmenistan, “It appears there was no official announcement. And many learned of the prohibition after being pulled over or having their cars impounded.” Some reported they were ordered to have their cars repainted in either white or silver. One person said he was told doing so would cost the equivalent of nearly two thousand US dollars and that the price would likely rise to over three thousand in the very near future. He, like much of the country, only makes about two hundred eighty-five dollars a week. The increasingly stringent ban on black cars began on 2015, and at the time officials struggled to explain the reasoning behind it. They simply said it was rooted in the president’s preference for white and his belief that it brings good luck.
1. If you drive a black car in Turkmenistan, what would happen?
2. When did the ban start?
3. What is the reasoning behind the ban?
4. What is your opinion about the ban?
"You have to obey the law even though it is unreasonable."
Do you agree?
Why do you think so?