Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:1996
Date Ended:2003
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Grants and subsidies
Policy Target:Transport>Vehicle type>Light-duty vehicles, Transport>Vehicle type>Passenger vehicles

Government incentives were introduced in 1996 to progressively eliminate old cars and reduce the share of vehicles bought before 1990 to 75% by 2000. Combined with incentives for low-emissions vehicles, they have resulted in renewal of the car fleet and reductions in air emissions. The proportion of old passenger cars has fallen to 37.2%; the share of cars equipped with catalytic converters increased from 8.5% in 1992 to almost 50% in 2000. However, the number of cars in use and the average engine size have increased. The share of vehicles over ten years old remains considerable where trucks (50.8%), buses (60.9%), and two-wheelers (56.6%) are concerned. In the period 2001-2003, the Ministry for the Environment supported purchases by citizens of new electric, methane or LPG vehicles and the retrofitting of cars with LPG/methane investing a further ? 7.7 million per year.

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