A ban on the import of vehicles with a Euro 3 engine, which could take effect in June, will mean that a car older than 14 will no longer be able to enter Serbia. Zarko Malinovic of the Chamber of Commerce says that according to their analysis, cars with “Euro 3” engines and worse ones have more than 800,000.
He says the data is devastating when looking at imported vehicles. “Last year alone, of the 140,000 vehicles we imported, more than 50,000 were Euro 3 vozila engines. If we look at 2018 and 2017, we will see that there were 70, 80 thousand imported annually and that is the problem. “
The fact is that in Western Europe such cars get rid of, even certain countries have incentives to recycle such vehicles, but they are bought there and imported into our country and become a permanent problem for us, adds Malinovic. “This is not just a matter of air pollution, but also what do we do with these cars when they are fully completed. We do not yet have the capacity to dispose of them as waste and this becomes an additional problem. Increasingly, we see shells of such cars in rivers, ”said N1.
All the arguments in favor of importing these cars do not stand, Malinovic says. The argument that giving low-income residents the opportunity to get to a car is not true, because we already have 800,000 such cars and those with no capacity will buy it from an owner who has already registered such a vehicle in Serbia, and now may want it changes, he adds.
He recalls talking about this measure years back. He says he hopes to ban “Euro 4” engines very soon. It will have to be controlled more whether it is a vehicle with a DPF filter or not, he adds.
About 150,000 vehicles are imported every year, of which about 30,000 are new cars, the rest are second-hand, says the guest of the day, adding that this is why we have to regulate these imports.
Much of those vehicles come to Belgrade, Malinovic says, referring to the question of how it all affects air pollution. We all need to be more responsible together – we need to think about how, on the one hand, we discourage more polluting vehicles and stimulate less polluting vehicles, he says.
He adds that in the city center, we should increasingly use public transport. “We need to better organize the entire city traffic and city traffic strategy. It is important that as a City, we come up with a City Logistics strategy, to arrange supply in the city itself, as these vehicles are also very important in the process. It is important to think about what kind of non-commercial subsidies we can provide for hybrid and electric vehicle owners. We currently have no incentives … If, for example, we give the owners of electric and hybrid vehicles free parking in the city, they will be able to save about 500, 600 euros a year in parking. When you multiply by the lifetime of that vehicle by about five years, plus subsidies, plus the difference in gasoline, we come up with some 10,000 euros that citizen would save. That way, he will be motivated to make up the difference in the price of an electric and conventional vehicle, ”Malinovic said.
Asked how much this import ban will affect the reduction of air pollution, Malinovic said that in five years we could have a serious reduction in pollution, as a significant number of these vehicles would end up in recycling. Incentives are also important, he adds. Only those who now have a better quality vehicle with a Euro 5 or 6 engine can afford the electric vehicle, so if they opt for an electric car because of the incentive, they would sell the vehicle they own (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and then someone who the worse the vehicle could buy the better and that's that circle.
In five years, we will have 250,000 (50,000) cars with a “Euro 3” engine disappearing, therefore, we will not have those imports, plus those that have ended a century, so we would put a quarter of such cars out of circulation, says Malinovic.
He conveys that there is a willingness on the part of all members of the Government of Serbia to make that decision and believe that it will be made.