• Dec 17th 2010 at 3:58PM
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Judging by what we've seen on the web, driving through Iraq is a few notches tougher than dealing with Southern California during rush hour. It appears to be the old "Anything Goes" method when moving from Point A to Point B. Iraqi authorities are looking to change that by introducing a licensing system that aims to instruct drivers on correct procedures while hoping to also cut down the madness seen on the roads around the nation.

According to an AFP report, the number of cars on the Iraq's streets has doubled since Saddam Hussein's regime collapsed. Prior to the 2003 US.. invasion, there were 1.25 million registered vehicles, and now an additional 1.5 million have been imported into the country. With that many new vehicles hitting the road, authorities are working to implement a system to ensure that motorists understand how to legally operate their own vehicle.

Since the program was launched on October 21, some 8,000 drivers licenses have been issued. As the officials get more familiar with the procedures and computer systems, that pace is expected to pick up. The ultimate goal is that in just two years time every driver on the road will be one carrying a legal license to do so.

[Source: AFP via Yahoo! | Image: AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago

      thats a very slopey head
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to hear 1.5 million cars have been imported since the Iraqi people were liberated.
      Best of wishes to their fledgling democracy and many thanks to the men and women of our armed forces.
      May Iraqis live in peace and security in 2011.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats all well and good, but this will only work if the driver education system is up to snuff. Otherwise, it it make the Iraqis falsely believe that by having a license, they are good enough of a driver to hit the road.

      Best of luck to Iraq's government
      • 4 Years Ago
      Driver education in Iraq was very good in Iraq back prior to 2003 and it was very difficult to get a license there. You had to drive a Toyota pickup (MT) provided to you and drive it in a tight figure of 8 both forward and reverse, pass the line and you fail. They used to air a TV program weekly about traffic rules and accidents with tips on how to avoid causing them.

      What they need to focus on first is creating an actual government that works. Fix and open the roads all blocked with checkpoints.
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