Cyprus could become an old car dumping ground, importers warn

New car importers warned on Friday that Cyprus risked becoming the dumping ground of old, polluting vehicles from abroad, as they backed a bill imposing higher road tax on used imports.

In a statement, Semo said the situation has worsened in recent days after the government announced its intention to submit a bill to parliament that provides for a higher road tax on imported used vehicles according to their age and engine capacity. The bill was meant to come into force this year but reactions have caused delays.

“A sharp rise in used car imports has been observed, most of which are old and highly polluting,” Semo said