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Iran police to confiscate cars of 'poorly veiled' women

Iran's judiciary chief says 'some streets of the capital have come to resemble fashion salons' as hardliners question government 'tolerance'
Iranian police stopping a car during a crackdown to enforce conservative dress code in Tehran (AFP)

Women drivers in Iran's capital could have their cars impounded by police if they are caught driving with a poorly fixed veil or without their heads covered, a police chief said on Wednesday.

"If a (female) driver in a car is poorly veiled or has taken her veil off, the vehicle will be seized in accordance with the law," the head of Tehran's traffic police, General Teymour Hosseini, was quoted as saying by the official ISNA news agency.

He added that any woman who had her car seized would need to obtain a court order before getting it back.

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, wearing a veil in public has been mandatory for all women in Iran.

But the rules governing female dress have loosened recently.

"Unfortunately, some streets of the capital have come to resemble fashion salons," Iran's judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani said this week, questioning the "tolerance" that has led to "such a situation".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has since his June 2013 election overseen some political and social reform but much of the country's political establishment remains deeply conservative.