There are still no barriers to the import of junk cars
Western European countries are providing public money to encourage their citizens to replace their cars as a means of recovering from the economic downturn following the epidemic. The obsolate cars then continue their campaign unhindered against the health of the Hungarian people and to increase the carbon dioxide emissions of transport in Hungary. The Clean Air Action Group therefore repeatedly asked the Minister of Innovation and Technology, László Palkovics what and when the government would do to curb the import of second-hand. Unfortunately, the answer was upsetting.
"We will not be the wreck cemetery of Europe, we will severely restrict the import of polluting cars." – stands in point 7 of the government's widely advertised eight-point Climate and Nature Action Plan. The issue was also raised in government communications a year ago, but no progress has been made. The Ministry's current response shows that no serious action can be expected: “The Ministry of Innovation and Technology till does not consider desirable the import of polluting second-hand vehicles and the growth of their share within the domestic vehicle fleet. At the same time, Hungary, as a member of the European Union, respects the principle of freedom of movement of goods. It follows that the competitiveness of foreign vehicles must not be jeopardized by separate taxes or charges. At the same time, we are looking at ways to offset the negative process, taking into account environmental, road safety and health considerations. ”
András Lukács, President of Clean Air Action Group, stated: “Although the government communicates that it is planning to strictly restrict the import of polluting cars, it does nothing in practice. It has been said for years that options are being explored, but so far we have not seen any tangible results.”
Márton Vargha, Transport Policy Manager at the Clean Air Action Group, added: “The government would have plenty of leeway to restrict the import of junk cars. It could support municipalities in creating low-emission zones that polluting old cars cannot enter, or can enter only for a huge entry fee, similarly to other cities in the world. Controlling the emissions of cars in traffic and sending non-compliant ones to mandatory technical inspection would be a deterrent in itself. "
The Clean Air Action Group urges the ministry to inform the public in detail about when and what concrete steps the government intends to take for the immediate pushback the import of junk cars.