For the introduced zone restricted to older cars in the capital, there is a lack of research on the expected effects and monitoring of compliance. The best incentive to renew the fleet is through increased income and better public transport. And in our country there is a lack of control over the maintenance of old cars and the repair work carried out on them, commented Veselin Grozdanov, a teacher at the “Todor Kableshkov” Higher Transport School, in the program “Business Start” with host Roselina Petkova.
For the introduced restrictions on the entry of high-emission cars in the center of Sofia, there is a lack of research on the effects that are expected, but this measure has been introduced in many cities in Western Europe and has given good results, Grozdanov said.
The measure will not only reduce the amount of fine dust particles, but also the load on the road transport network and accidents. The guest explained that the restrictions are for cars from Bulgarian environmental group 1, and they do not fully comply with European standards. He added that a more organized approach has been introduced in Western Europe. As in our country, it is not certain how many of the restricted cars pass through the new zone, and there is no control for the exercise of this measure.
A possible extension of the zone’s term would be on a political basis, as there is no method to calculate the effectiveness of the ban on old cars, the guest said.
The best incentive for renewing the car fleet is an increase in the income of the citizens, and the guest added that when a large part of the population relies on the minimum wage, we cannot match Western and Central Europe. Another incentive is the improvement of public transport and intercity railway transport. And achieving sustainable environmental efficiency would not be possible in the short term.
Grozdanov believes that the control of cars is not carried out here. He added that many cars are not cleaned, use low-quality oil, do not change their tires on time and there is a lack of control during annual technical inspections. There is also a lack of control over repairs.
“(Old) and even newer cars are repaired in small garages, someone has decided that he wants to be a master, does he have the necessary education; he has a garage, makes a service and starts to carry out repair work. Service books are not filled out ; And in the service booklets, the person who carried out the repair should put a signature and seal and be responsible for the work done,” said the guest.
The proposal for the import of cars from the secondary market from abroad to be taxed with an additional fee, with the funds from the fee going into a fund to stimulate the purchase of electric cars. The guest explained that people driving old cars continue to buy and drive old cars because they cannot afford to buy a new one.
“To take from the poorer to give to the richer I think it’s a bit unfair if I drive an old car it’s not because I want to drive a vintage car it’s because I can’t afford that car (new or electric) ; And when you tax me with an additional 500 BGN, I will not change the old tires, I will not change the oil”.
See the entire comment in the video of Bloomberg TV Bulgaria
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