Police To Stop Registering New Vehicles Built With Euro 2 Standard
By: Jabbar Fazeli, MD
This news was announced by Ahmad Roustami, a Naja official (1).
The Iranian regime pushed through synthetic, substandard, gasoline production in October of 2011 to achieve immediate self-sufficiency. They faked the euro 4 status before they finally made it, almost 2 years later.
The action by the department of motor vehicle to refuse registration of brand new cars illustrate the other side of the pollution coin.
Domestically produced Iranian cars are made based on the euro 2 standards and are contributing to pollution just as much as older vehicles. By comparison European vehicles were subject to euro 5 and 6 standards since 2007 (5,7).
A side note: The government is refusing to register the substandard new cars, but is allowing their sale.
I'm sure they have their reasons, but one sure consequence is that ordinary Iranians will now have to bribe someone to register their new "made in Iran" cars.
*Below is the Persian language full report by Jomhouri Islami newspaper, including an interview with officials from the Car Manufacturers association in which they admit making euro 2 standard cars but blame it on lack of availability of Euro 4 gasoline.
(1) June 22, 2013
(2) June 20, 2013
(4) Fars news file from last year removed