Why Siberia isn’t driving on the Right Side of the Road

Why Siberia isn’t driving on the Right Side of the Road

It’s the beginning of the 20th century. Onto a cargo ship, a Toyota Sprinter is wedged partially, hovering above Japan’s sea. Some twenty to thirty other second-hand cars from Japan are also stuffed onto the vessel, some more unstable than others.

Soon there will be the arrival of these cars in the newly formed Russian Federation, where they’ll be hailed warmly heartedly with open but sometimes-punishing arms. The mainstream will find loving families in the Russian Far East. Rest might end up in the coldest populated regions of the World: in Kolyma and permafrost-laden Yakutia.

A fortunate few might end up in subtropics of Sochi, amongst pebbly beaches & palm trees. It depends on the time, and there is only one clear thing: none of the cars will return to the orderly roads of Japan ever again.

The cargo ship reaches closer to its destination. There is a high demand for cheap cars.

At the coast of Japan, there are strict vehicle inspections & parking regulations have contributed to an increase in used cars in desperate need of adoption. Extremely high-quality used cars.

Demand is met by supply & then in the wake of the SU’s demise, there is an emergence of a massive car shipping industry

Most of the cars are channeled to the Green Corner on Vladivostok’s outskirts, where all types of imaginable forms of JDM cars can be found: attractive Kei trucks like the Subaru Sambar, bulletproof off-roaders like the Land Cruiser 70 and plenty other cars.

Since the early 20th century, millions of cars with right-hand steering are from Japan & they have found their way into Russia, a country that drives on the similar side of the road, just like the United States & completely opposite from Japan.

In simple words, for these cars, they are going to be operated on the wrong side of the road than what they were actually designed for.