DID BOYKO DRIVE AN ILLEGAL JEEP?

by Stamen Manolov

In his sunset days former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov used to administer both state policies and cash handouts out of a Toyota jeep, which he usually drove himself while being videoed by whoever of his publicists happened to be in the car

boyko borisov 4x4

Dignitaries, ministers and even foreign guests were "invited" into the jeep while the Bulgarian prime minster went for a government-provided ride. The video clips were then circulated on social media, attracting a huge number of clicks by both supporters and critics. Eagle-eyed Bulgarians, however, noted there was something wrong with the former prime minister's jeep. Oddly, its number plate was identical to the number plate of an Audi which also belonged to Boyko Borisov's retinue.

Swapping number plates and using the same number plate on more than one vehicle is illegal under Bulgarian law. It can prompt either a hefty fine or criminal prosecution. 

No reasonable security concern can justify such a breach of the law, national security experts have asserted. To put it in another way, Borisov and his guards committed a road crime.

Boyko Borisov jeep

Borisov notorious jeep reportedly went over to the other side of the law for another reason as well. It appears it lacked the obligatory third party insurance. In Bulgaria, no one can drive without one, and the police are supposed to temporarily impound any vehicle breaching the insurance law. A valid insurance is certified by a vignette to be displayed on the windscreen.

Apparently, Boyko Borisov's car has none.

Experts say the National Security Service, the body supposed to protect this country' senior officials, also repeatedly broke the law by allowing the prime minister to do the driving himself, a direct violation of established security protocols and guidance. 

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