Beginning July 5, 2021, new rules will apply to the registration of vehicles in Serbia.
The first rule is that if vehicles additionally pollute the air due to previous repairs, they will not pass the technical inspection and will have to be restored to factory setting, which means they will have to have catalytic converters and particulate filters (DPF) installed.
This practically means that the implementation of the motor vehicle ordinance from 2018 related to the technical condition of motor vehicles in circulation, according to which vehicles must meet certain criteria during the technical inspection when it comes to harmful gas emissions, will begin on July 5.
During the technical inspection of vehicles with diesel engines, the composition of soot in the exhaust gases will be checked, while with petrol engines the focus will be on the composition of carbon monoxide. If the vehicle has defective catalytic converters and DPF filters, it will not be able to be registered, reads the website of the Motor Vehicle Association of Serbia (AMSS).
Up to 150,000 used cars are imported into Serbia each year, which means that a large number of polluters are on Serbian roads. At the time of import, the customs authorities do check if the vehicles have catalytic converters and DPF filters, but not if they are working properly.
In addition, the lambda sensors, that measure pollution inside the catalytic converter, are regularly removed from used vehicles. DPFs are especially important because they are designed to stop the emission of nitrogen dioxide in diesel engines, which is the biggest air pollutant. If there are no catalytic converters and DPF filters in the vehicle, they must be installed.
According to the new regulations, stricter standards will be applied to all vehicles registered in Serbia for the first time after March 1, 2014, than those registered before that date, regardless of when they were produced.
Thus, vehicles with petrol engines, registered for the first time by March 1, 2014, must contain less than 4.5% carbon monoxide in their emission. In contrast, vehicles first registered after March 1, 2014, must contain less than 3.5% carbon monoxide.
According to the World Bank, air pollution from vehicle traffic averages about 20 percent. That’s why more and more cities around the world are banning cars from town centres.
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