Ministry considers increasing cost of registration
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