From January 1 the import of cars before 2009 is prohibited! – Cars currently in circulation are not affected
Starting from January 1, 2019, in Albania the imports of used cars over 10 years of production will be banned. On the day without cars, Minister of Tourism and Environment Blendi Klosi presented this draft decision.
According to the minister, the draft decision does not affect cars that are currently in circulation but limits the introduction of such vehicles after January 1, 2019. While for the unpatented cars currently in Albania, a 5-month term will be left to registered.
Klosi stressed that this initiative is in support of the health of citizens, despite opposition from certain interest groups such as the business management community, those who deal with old car repair and fuel vendors.
“First of all, we talk about health, and when talking about health there is no need to do any other conversation. When it comes to how much the disease problems have been added in recent years in our country coming from air pollution, from cars in our country from 2012 to 2015 by the World Health Organization we have 23% more people’s illness from pollution. This is the reason why we have to take drastic action to limit the pollutants and therefore we take this drastic mechanism because we want to reduce to maximum air pollution”-the minister said.
Klosi gave the example of Kosovo as one of the countries that introduced this restriction. According to the data, the average age of cars in Albania is 20 years, which adds to maintenance and fuel costs.
“If a citizen wants to buy a car, with a few ALL he should not buy a “big name car” that has made 200,000 km, consuming 5 times more fuel and after two years is not anymore worth it. He should try to buy a lower capacity car, with the same amount of money and he can hold it 7-8 years and consume 1/3 of fuel every day “-said Klosi .
Meanwhile, the minister asked the car dealers to drive the market for ordinary citizens with the most suitable cars even in price.
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