The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in Kabul have banned motorcycles and scooters in the Afghan capital in a bid to control rampant crime and stop assailants on two-wheelers from conducting targeted killings, officials said Tuesday.
The ban, which takes effect Wednesday, comes after a string of assaults by armed men on motorbikes.
Delivery riders, who are seeing heavy demand amid Kabul’s coronavirus lockdown, will be exempted.
“Most of the crimes in the city, including targeted killings and other crimes, are carried out using motorbikes,” interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.
“We have therefore decided to ban the use of the motorbikes in Kabul city and its districts.”
Motorcycle bans have been implemented in some other parts of Afghanistan, but this is the first restriction in the capital.