President Vladimir Putin had a right to ride a limousine without a front license plate on his inauguration day because all other traffic was blocked© RIA Novosti. Sergey Guneev
MOSCOW, July 17 (RIA Novosti)
President Vladimir Putin had a right to ride a limousine without a front license plate on his inauguration day because all other traffic was blocked, Moscow police said on Tuesday.
Since there was no regular traffic, “traffic rules did not apply,” a spokesman for the State Traffic Inspection Administration said.
It was like a motor race or Victory Day Parade on Red Square, he said.
“In these cases there is no regular traffic, and military hardware and racing cars drive without license plates,” he added.
Putin dashed through the empty streets of Moscow on May 7 in a black limousine without a front license plate, accompanied by black minivans, and police on motorcycles.
Video of the motorcade was transmitted live by the country's prime television channels, including Channel One, and is available on YouTube.
Putin's procession prompted activists of the Blue Buckets motorist rights society to file a complaint with traffic police in May, asking it to find and punish the driver of the limousine in question. Motorists driving without a license plate can be fined up to 5,000 rubles ($150) or lose their license for one to three months.
City police took more than two months instead of the required one to reply to the complaint, an activist said in the Blue Buckets' LiveJournal community blog on Sunday.
Putin's limousine had no front license plate during his previous inauguration in 2004. Neither did then-President Dmitry Medvedev's during his ascension to the Kremlin in 2008.
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