Romania updates old car scrappage schemes with bigger financial incentives

Imagine de la sediut Remat înaintea unei conferinţe de presă susţinută de ministrul Mediului, Graţiela Gavrilescu, privind lansarea Programului de stimulare a înnoirii Parcului auto naţional (Rabla), în București, joi 15 martie 2018. Inquam Photos / George Călin

Old car owners willing to replace them with a non-electric vehicle will be entitled to up 12,000 lei (about 2,400 euros) if they if they scrap two cars that are older than 15 years, Romania’s environment minister said.

The government is allocating 1.24 billion lei, about 250 million euros, for the scheme,  the biggest budget so far, Environment Minister Barna Tanczos said on Jan. 13.

Owners can  trade one car in for 6,000 lei and a second one for 3,000 lei for a single replacement.

They are eligible for a 1,500 bonus per car if they were older than 15 years and had  pollution standards of a maximum of Euro 3.

The incentive package to encourage motorists to scrap their old petrol cars for a new environmentally-friendly ones.

In order to qualify, a vehicle must be at least six years old from the date of manufacture or first registration in Romania.

Under the Car Wreck Plus or Rabla Plus scheme for the purchase of electric cars, vehicle scrappers are entitled to an eco-ticket of 45,000 lei plus a 1,500 bonus for cars older than 15 years.

If two vehicles are scrapped (for the purchase of new electric or hybrid cars), the program includes another 3,000 lei scrapping premium and eco-bonuses of 1,500 lei each where applicable.

The scrappage scheme called Rabla and Rabla Plus encourages motorists to part-exchange their old, polluting car for a new, eco-friendly one, by offering cash towards the new car when trading in the old one.

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