The General Directorate for Road Transport has announced that starting from 1 January 2020, used cars can be registered for the first time in Albania only if they meet the criteria of the Euro 4 environmental class.
The legislation that will come into force next year was established in October as a necessary measure to reduce pollution caused by car emissions; one of the main factors contributing to the high levels of air pollution in the country.
Zero-kilometer cars, on the other hand, must meet the criteria of the Euro 5 and Euro 6 environmental class, as required by the ministerial decree 633 of the 26 / 10 / 2018.
A revised decree
The ministerial decree No. 633 of the 26 / 10 / 2018 initially provided that from the 28 February 2019 all used cars would have to meet the criteria of the Euro 5 environmental class in order to be registered.
However, in February - before the implementation of the decree in question - the Albanian government did turnabout, due (as reported by the Minister Balluku) of the "needs of various interest groups, including consumers, who have strongly opposed the measure"
The entry into force of the decree was postponed to 1 January 2020 as was the main theme of the decree, namely the environmental class criteria that used cars should have respected, moving from the initial Euro 5 to the current Euro 4.
A turnaround that raised many debates among the public, given that it came at a time when EU countries were and are taking all possible measures to combat pollution.
Currently, the average age of the vehicles circulating on the roads of Albania is among the highest - in fact only the 5% of vehicles belongs to the Euro 5 standards - in Europe, around 20 years, while most of the EU countries European has set strict criteria in this regard, allowing only vehicles with the Euro 6 certificate.
According to the data of the General Directorate for Road Transport, in the first eight months of this year, 5.209 Euro 4 or higher class vehicles were imported to Albania.