Serbia becomes a dumping ground for cars with Euro 3 and Euro 4 engines

Europe is preparing to ban the production of cars with internal combustion engines in ten years and until then it will increase the standards of permitted exhaust gas emissions to Euro 7.

In our country, vehicles with Euro 3 engines are still prevalent and we are the only country in Europe that still allows the import of such cars. After Montenegro’s decision to ban the import of cars with Euro 3 and 4 engines from July 1, Serbia has become the last European refuge for such vehicles.

Meanwhile, the EU is preparing for a new step forward as it introduces the mandatory Euro 7 emissions standard from November 2026.

“This should bring improvement in terms of environmental protection. First, stricter control of the composition of exhaust gases from motor vehicles. Second, emission control of the vehicle’s braking system will be introduced and tire degradation will be monitored,” says Assistant Professor Dr Predrag Mrđa, from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade.

In the meantime, the sale of used vehicles older than 15 years in Serbia is booming, with only 17 percent of the total sold vehicles being new.

“During the first four months of this year, 60 percent of the total number of the sold used vehicles is the biggest polluters and worst in terms of safety. These are vehicles with Euro 3 and Euro 4 engine, which all countries of the region and Europe have banned from importing,” points out Aleksandra Đurđević from the Serbian Association of Importers of Vehicles and Auto Parts.

Although the Serbian government adopted an air protection programme in November 2022, which stipulates a ban on the import of vehicles with Euro 3 and Euro 4 engines from January 1 of this year, the programme has never been implemented in practice.

(RTS, 07.06.2024)

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