Outgoing environment minister calls old car fee scheme a ‘success’

05-05-2009

Some 150,000 cars were deleted from the vehicles registry in the period spanning between last December and this March, and imports of used cars exceeding permitted emissions levels have almost stopped, outgoing Environment Minister Martin Bursík said on Tuesday. The cars were scratched from the register after a system of fees for maintaining such environmentally-unfriendly vehicles was introduced. The state has so far collected 65 million crowns (3.3 million USD) in fees under the scheme. Mr Bursík referred to the scheme as one of his biggest achievements during his time in office. Speaking on Tuesday, he also mentioned his biggest failures. He said he was unhappy that he had not managed to impose a ban on lorry traffic on Fridays in the Czech Republic.