According to the Budapest Business Journal Romania’s government will spend 49.5 mln lei ($19 mln) this year to encourage owners of cars older than 12 years to junk them and buy new ones to cut pollution. The government will give 3,000 lei each to owners of 16,500 cars to help them buy vehicles that meet stricter emissions standards, Environment Minister Sulfina Barbu said.
”Romania is among the countries with the oldest cars on the road in Europe, with an average car age of more than 13 years,” Barbu said. Cars in the country are often passed from parent to child and kept running for decades. Most older models were made by Dacia SA under the communist government which fell in 1989, before the company was sold to Renault SA, France’s second-biggest carmaker.
New car sales in Romania rose 16% last year to 297,000 units as wages increased and consumer lending boomed before the country joined the EU.