Min­istry con­sid­ers in­creas­ing cost of reg­is­tra­tion

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By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo Own­ers of cars that are more than 15 years old will have to pay more to reg­is­ter them un­der plans be­ing con­sid­ered to get old bangers off the road.

The Min­istry of In­te­rior is look­ing into a se­ries of mea­sures aimed at cut­ting the num­ber of age­ing ve­hi­cles driv­ing around the coun­try as they are bad for the en­vi­ron­ment.

HH Sheikh Seif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, told the Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil (FNC) that as well as in­creas­ing reg­is­tra­tion fees for older ve­hi­cles they are also look­ing at tight­en­ing the tech­ni­cal in­spec­tion cri­te­ria for such cars.

“The aim is to re­duce the num­ber of cars on roads, pol­lu­tion and ac­ci­dents be­cause it is mostly old ve­hi­cles that break down, caus­ing prob­lems,” he said.

He added the min­istry is also con­vert­ing hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles in the po­lice fleets to run on nat­u­ral gas, an eco-friendly al­ter­na­tive to petrol, to re­duce pol­lu­tion.

Sheikh Seif said the UAE is among the coun­tries with the high­est num­ber of reg­is­tered cars in the world.

The num­ber of reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles in the coun­try has reached 3.2 mil­lion and the num­ber of driv­ers is 4.5 mil­lion.

In 2008, UAE author­i­ties is­sued a new rule ban­ning 20-year-old ve­hi­cles from the roads, but Pres­i­dent HH Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan pre­vented the law from be­ing im­ple­mented.

Sheikha Ahmed Al Hosni, the act­ing ex­ec­u­tive director of the qual­ity sec­tion at the En­vi­ron­ment Agency in Abu Dhabi, wel­comed the move, say­ing hu­man ac­tiv­ity is the main cause of air pol­lu­tion.

“Car­bon emis­sions by ve­hi­cles, es­pe­cially old ones, pol­lute the en­vi­ron­ment,” she said. “There is need to con­trol the num­ber of cars on roads or en­cour­age peo­ple to opt for en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ones to re­duce car­bon emis­sions.”

Al Hosni added the trans­port sec­tor is among the top in­dus­tries that in­crease the con­cen­tra­tion of air pol­lu­tants, such as ni­tro­gen ox­ides gases, car­bon monox­ide and oth­ers.

CLAS­SIC: Author­i­ties want less old cars driv­ing around the UAE

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