Iran scraps 165,000 old cars in 10 months

December 24, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN — Iran’s Fuel Conservation Organization has announced that some 165,000 clunkers have been scrapped across the country since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21).

IFCO also stated that more than 1,237,000 old cars have been banned from the street of Iran so far, the Shana news agency reported on Wednesday. Last year more than 310,000 cars were scrapped.

According to this report, in spite of claims made about halting the scrappage scheme, around 86,000 old heavy vehicles have been discarded as well.

It is believed that the elimination of old heavy vehicles has much more significant impacts than the elimination of sedans on decreasing fuel use, mitigating air pollution and increasing road safety.

Exhaust fumes from five million cars and almost as many motorcycles that ply the capital city Tehran’s roads each day make up 80 percent of its pollution, which increases in winter as emissions fail to rise above cold air.
Iran’s government has tried to cut pollution by supplying lower emission fuel in large cities, Masoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran’s Department of Environment, said this week.