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Will the Government ban pre-2014 imports?

Wednesday, 6th February, 2019 4:57pm

Nissan has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it is considering a ban on used car imports from the UK.

The Department of Finance confirmed that it is now “examining options” in relation to the ban on old dirty diesel imports.

The Department has also “recognised that the large-scale importation of used diesel cars from the UK over the past number of years was undesirable from a public health perspective and an Exchequer perspective”.

“The statement from the Department of Finance is a welcome step in the right direction,” said James McCarthy, CEO of Nissan, who called for such a ban recently.

“The Government cannot solve the carbon emissions problem when it is allowing 100,755 polluting cars to be put onto Irish roads each year. That’s 100 polluting cars for every zero emissions EV sold,” he added.

“The solution to rising carbon emissions is staring the Government in the face. The facts are clear. What we need now is decisive action,” said Mr McCarthy.

In a statement made last week Nissan urged Government to take stock of the reality, the environmental and economic impact and the future cost of cleaning up the national car fleet.

Nissan called on the Government to ban used car imports from the UK where registration pre-dates 2014 rather than imposing a new carbon tax on householders.

It said that the move would prevent the displacement of over 66,000 new car sales in 2019, generating €400 million in new tax revenue for the Government. The tax take on each new car sale is €8,500 compared to the €2,500 generated by each used car import.

“Banning used car imports pre-dating 2014 and continuing to incentivise motorists to switch to zero emissions driving is the only way to truly change consumer behaviour when it comes to reducing carbon emissions in the transport sector,” said Mr McCarthy.

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