“The import of cars produced before 2013 is to be limited,” Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili announced this week.
He pointed out that the issue of air pollution is a concern to all, and is a very big problem in the capital and also in big cities.
“I would like to remind the public that we set a fuel standard several years ago, and we began importing Euro 5 standard gasoline, followed by the same quality diesel. This quality is routinely checked by the National Environment Agency.
“One of the main challenges that remains today is air pollution, which is associated with the number of defective cars and is directly related to the improvement of air quality. Restricting the import of older cars will have a positive impact on the health of the population.
“We have thus decided to introduce the Euro 5 standard for cars in the country. This means that the import of cars produced before 2013 will be restricted.
“Our desire and decision is that the regulation will come into force for passenger cars from January 1, 2024, and buses and trucks from January 1, 2025. We are still discussing this,” Garibashvili said.