Turkmenistan Bans All Black Cars, Existing Owners Must Have Theirs Repainted

As far as weird laws go, the prohibition of black cars in Turkmenistan definitely makes it into our Top 10. The country first implemented a ban on black cars back in 2015, although it only applied to imports. Now, president Gurbanguly Berdimukhamedov has reportedly banned all black cars from the country’s capital of Ashgabat.

What’s worse is that some car owners have already found their vehicles missing, as many black cars have been towed away to police impound lots.

In order to get their cars back, they must sign a document agreeing to repaint their vehicles in a lighter color – with white scoring you the most “points”, as it’s known to be the president’s favorite color.

Meanwhile, fees for car painting services have doubled, where according to Chronicles of Turkmenistan, they went from $500 to $1,000 in car service centers.

As for tinted windows, don’t even think about it: they have been banned since 2014.


  • Rene Rochette

    racist country

    • fgclolz

      You mean racist president.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Hardly racist but definitely dumb

      • Victor DB_2017

        i know one more racist and dumber

  • eb110americana

    Where’s Kevin Bacon when we need him?

    • TheHake

      Where’s Jack Bauer when you need him???


    This idiot just gave people more of a reason to hate him. Also, I’m still waiting to see if this dude actually plans on covering the capital in marble like he claimed.

    • Kash

      I’m sorry, what? What does he mean by covering the capital in marble? Like all buildings will be rebuilt with marble exteriors?

      • LWOAP

        Yeah, pretty much. In fact, Turkmenistan already has 534 buildings clad in white marble which covers 4.5 million square feet. Apparently that’s not enough for him, though. I guess he won’t stop until every building in the capital has marble exteriors.

      • LWOAP

        Here’s an example, btw.


        Dude has a serious hard on for the color white.

        • brn

          I see two dark, possibly black, cars in that picture.

          • LWOAP

            Well, that pic was taken in 2013 I believe. So that was before the ban took place.

          • Knotmyrealname

            I see dark clouds too….

          • TheHake

            That will have to be fixed!!!

          • LWOAP

            Yeah, you’re right about that. Someone should give him a call and tell him the clouds are too dark.

        • thunder bolt

          black clocks, black pants, black windows, black tires on wheels, black street sign, damn it, I can’t stand it.

        • Kash

          He’s just really living up to that whole arab stereotype of white marble and gold accents on everything huh.

          • Turkmenistan people isn’t Arab, they are Turkmen, which share genealogy with Persian or Pakistani.

          • manuel

            You mean like president Trump?Furthermore the Arabs you are referring to represent a rich, and vulgar minority very similar in its mentality and tastes to Americans.

          • Kash

            That’s why I said “arab stereotype” and not “typical arab”

            Basically my joke was calling out the stereotype as just that, a horrible stereotype.

          • Still that don’t make sense though, it’s like saying those Chinese with flashy car has whole arab stereotype of flashy cars.

          • Kash

            There’s so many things wrong with your sentence it hurts me to read, but beside that, no a Chinese kid getting a degree in mathematical engineering and saying they’re living up to the stereotypical Asian image would be the equivalent of what I said since the person is living up to the stereotype of their race. With that said, simply pointing out someone is living up to the stereotype of their race isn’t wrong, it’s simply pointing something out.

            I’m not saying “Oh how typical, an Arab built his house out of Marble and gold leaf.”

            Now that’s racist because I’d be acknowledging the stereotype as the norm, whereas what I said was simply pointing out the fact the stereotype exists.

        • Knotmyrealname

          He has wood for marble as well….

    • Eunos

      Yeah, like the shutting down of all hospitals outside the capital. He thinks all people have to travel to the capital in seeking of cure. Such a stupid moron.

  • LeStori

    Why the ban? Must be a reason? If you want to be a Journalist rather than just a purveyor of information, then you need to know, so we all know. Other wise it is just information that is irrelevant to the world at large. Even if we know it may still be irrelevant but at least we would have a reason why it is irrelevant.

    • europeon

      The reason is he doesn’t like black cars. Really.

    • IFDU

      According to other sites and sources, he believes “lighter colors will bring the country good luck.” And also white being his favorite color (some can see the racial undertones even though this is about cars). So banning black cars in favor of lighter colored cars was another ridiculous idea he came up with.

      • Knotmyrealname

        Why should you be racist if you like the colour white? What do you say to people who like the colour ‘mushroom’?

        • IFDU

          Never said or called anyone racist because of it, I said that SOME can see the racial undertone as the man banned darker/black colors because they bring bad luck, while light colored cars the and preferred car color being white, brings good luck (which in itself makes no sense). So by that stupid logic, the color black can’t bring good luck?

          If you can’t see or understand the GENERAL meaning of that (dark/black is bad and lighter/white is good) well…you’re on your own with trying to understand that nor is it my job to explain it to you.

  • Tumbi Mtika



  • If you disagree with him, he will boil you alive in oil…that’s how they roll there…

  • Bo Hanan

    Someone in a black car needs to do a driveby…

  • Am I the one that annoyed that this news is tagged under “Middle East”.

    “Turkmenistan is a sovereign state in Central Asia”

    Seriously, check your geography!.

    • LWOAP

      They did and got a 404 Error. 🙂

    • Mynameis Taylor

      Archer, Turkmenistan is in the Middle East. As is Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran…..

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        No it is not in Mid East, Taylor.
        İt is called Central Asia where Turkmenistan,Kazakhistan,Uzbekistan,Tajikistan,Kyrgyzstan, Western China (Turkistan),Mongolia, (historically) Southern Russia and Afghanistan.

      • Pakistan, Afghanistan is not Middle East, Iran is the borderline region.

        Turkmenistan is East Asia country, come on you can check it before posting.

    • Mynameis Taylor

      from Turkmenistan, you literally have to pass through Pakistan, and Afghanistan to get to china…which far Far East.

    • Tinky-Winky

      Well, by his name I guess the author of this story is not a native English speaker. In many languages this area is called in direct translation Near East, which is rarely used in English these days, so maybe he thought Middle East is the next part, equal to Central Asia.

      • I think it’s misunderstanding, since the name istan imply Islamic and most people connect Islam with Middle East region.

        And you are right Near East is obsolete terms, I doubt the authors are aware of it.

  • john1168

    This guy is a total dip$h!t… I also read he wants to ban women drivers too…

  • Honda NSX-R
    • brn

      I like black cars, but those are ugly.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Idk man, that SLS looks pretty awesome to me.

    • Isn’t this taken from that Ukraine dictator Yanukovich?

      • Honda NSX-R

        Might be

    • TheHake

      No! Bring them to my house instead!

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I’m not letting that SLS get destroyed.

      • Honda NSX-R

        Well it’s not like we have to bring the SLS to him 😛

        • Tumbi Mtika

          True, true.

  • hyn sum

    not a country, prison dictatorship that is.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Well, ain’t that fun?

  • AxlRock

    Move over DT and Kim, some serious competition for the title of the “Wackiest President In The World”, right here


  • kachuks

    They seem to love their personality cult type presidents over there.

  • Nocca Italy

    “lighter colors will bring the country good luck.”

    This changes everything……it sounds really reasonable!

    Ok, i am in!

    I am going to discuss with the president of the european comission in order to introduce this ban in Europe, starting from January 15th 2018……my birthday BTW.

  • yanamare

    Pays de merde !

  • Prefiero Elanonimato

    but why?

    • LWOAP

      He thinks white will bring his country good luck.

  • Bullitt2605

    I am moving there and starting a car wrapping business.

  • PB

    Nice to know that your all-powerful Dictator has more than the usual level of dictator-mental illness going on.

  • Ken Lyns


  • They have something against black.

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