Vehicle transport in Afghanistan is little different

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Vehicle transporters are a fairly common sight all over the first world. They vary slightly but generally it’s some kind of a truck with a trailer capable of transporting six to ten vehicles in a safe and efficient manner. For smaller quantities there are fifth-wheel trailers designed for heady-duty pickup trucks capable of transporting three cars or your common everyday tow truck for single car shipments.

Things are not the same in third world countries were cost and availability of transport vehicles are an issue. In countries such as Pakistan innovation takes presence and passenger cars are commonly transported on the roofs of cargo containers and buses.

The following pictures were taken by Polish soldiers, and fans of the site, stationed in the city of Ghazni, southeast of Kabul. Have a look for yourself and try to explain how these cars get put on the tops of these buses (I’m guessing via a forklift). I guess there are not many overpasses in Afghanistan.



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Jalopnik recently reported on American cars ending up in Afghanistan – this maybe your wrecked 4Runner!

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Just a random picture of a Lada Niva.

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No room inside the van? No problem!

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You can totally fit another Corolla there.


I can smell those Mercedes diesel fumes here.

[All images from, Robert Przydrożny, EDI, Wojciech Kluczewski, Szczepan Głuszczak, Marcin Ogdowski]

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12 responses to “Vehicle transport in Afghanistan is little different”

  1. MVEilenstein Avatar

    All of them called U-Haul for a trailer and were denied.

  2. Sjalabais Avatar

    The bus in the last picture almost appears to be drifting, which would probably qualify the driver for the Hooniverse gold metal without further questions asked. Nice photos!
    I have never understood how people in the third world manage to keep these cars on the road for so long, when my rides always crumble and disintegrate while I treat them nicely. Sort of.

  3. Maxichamp Avatar

    Cool post, KK. I found this a couple of days ago. New Toyotas available in Afghanistan.
    Also, a post I did in 2007 about how those used JDM Corollas ended up there:

    1. Kamil_K Avatar

      Nice. While I have no plans to move to Afghanistan, I would love me a Prado diesel.
      And an awesome post… we should re-run it here!

      1. Maxichamp Avatar

        I'll do it.

  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    Hoo Whee! Looks like that good ol' boy turnt his skateboard into a parking lot! 10-4, good buddy, keep 'er out of the weeds and see you on the flip side!

  5. FЯeeMan Avatar

    Load limits? We don't got no stinkin' load limits!

  6. MVEilenstein Avatar

    I have to wonder what exactly they're hoping to do by tying down the cars to the roof of the bus.

  7. marmer01 Avatar

    Why does the bus have curtains? Is it full of women or something?

    1. Kamil_K Avatar

      Probably to keep the bus from turning into an EZ Bake Oven(r).

  8. Tailpipe Avatar

    Where to next, Hamtramck, East Dearborn?

  9. Patricia Nisbett Avatar
    Patricia Nisbett

    Awesome blog, I really not want to travel my vehicle in this way as Afghani do. Afghani should adopt to get literate with the English and grammar. I like the comment on the first image that there is still capacity to fit one more car.

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