Iraq general traffic directorate bans motorcycles with two people

FILE PHOTO: Iraqi men ride a motorbike as they wear protective masks, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus, in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani

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SULAIMANI — Following the assassination of researcher Husham al-Hashimi in Baghdad this week, Iraq’s General Traffic Directorate on Wednesday (July 8) decided to ban the operation of motorcycles with more than one person at a time.

“It has been decided that two passengers will not be allowed to use the same motorcycle,” the directorate said in a statement.

“If anyone violates the order, they will face punishments [and] be fined 100,000 Iraqi dinars [$84] and their motorcycles will be impounded,” it added.

On Monday night, Iraqi security analyst al-Hashimi was shot dead in the Zayouna neighborhood by multiple gunmen who then fled on motorcycles. A common assassination tactic is for a team consisting of a driver and a shooter to use the swift and agile vehicles to surprise the victim and then escape, blending in with normal traffic as they do.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Iraqi President Barham Salih both condemned the assassination, as did many other officials, diplomats, journalists, and other researchers and academics.

(NRT Digital Media)