Environment Minister Goran Trivan said that a law on subsidies for the purchase of new electric and hybrid cars would be adopted soon, as one of the useful measures to reduce environmental pollution.
Trivan also said in a public debate on the management of end-of-life vehicles in Serbia that the government should also adopt rules to encourage recycling and reuse of used or unused cars.
“In Serbia, car recycling is not at the level we want it to be. We will also launch an initiative that importers of used cars have to pay the same environmental tax as importers of new cars,” said Trivan.
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The President of the Serbian Association of Vehicle and Parts Importers, Milos Petrovic, said that 34,000 new cars and 154,000 used cars, between 10 and 15 years old, were imported last year.
“There are 1.9 million cars in Serbia, 1.7 million of which have a Euro 3 or Euro 4 engine, which means that all these vehicles add to the pollution problem. Soon, 1.2 million of them will not be able to pass the technical inspection,” Petrovic explained.
According to him, half of the importers of used cars are natural persons and the claim that they would not pay the environmental tax is wrong.
“The state auditor established that, as of 2016, about 57 million euro worth of environmental tax has not been paid, which could have been used for environmental protection,” Petrovic said, adding that, so far, only 48 electric cars and 342 hybrids have been registered in Serbia.
(Novi Magazin, 06.02.2020)
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