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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Traffic Rules May Be Postponed

The government is set to delay the implementation of new traffic rules until the start of 2007, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said Friday.

The controversial new rules require that tail lights on cars be yellow or orange, not red, and that all children up to the age of 12 must sit in special child seats.

Drivers of cars with red lights, including the majority of Japanese and U.S. imports, could lose their licenses for up to a year.

Fradkov said the new rule would only apply to cars bought after Jan. 1, 2007.

The rule on special seats for children up to 12 appears inexplicable, given that it is almost impossible to buy child seats for children older or bigger than infants.

"We will give the whole of 2006 for the ordering and purchase of child seats," Fradkov said, Interfax reported.