Ban older used car imports says Nissan Ireland chief

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The Government should ban used car imports from the U.K. where registration pre-dates 2014 to address the problem of rising carbon emissions. 

That’s according to the CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy who says the measure could generate €400 million per annum in new tax revenue.

“The solution to addressing carbon emissions without hitting the pocket of every householder in the country is staring the Government in the face,” said Mr. McCarthy.

“It should be cleaning up the national car fleet rather than standing by as 100,755 polluting cars are imported from the U.K. and put onto Irish roads each year with an enormous loss in tax revenue” he added, pointing out that the tax take from each new car sale is €8,500 compared to the €2,500 generated by each used car import.

“1,937 polluting cars are being put onto Irish roads each week, on average. That is not helping Ireland to reduce carbon emissions and the tax take from a used car import is €6,000 less than from a new car sale.”

Mr. McCarthy says that Nissan wants the Government to ban the importation of any used car first registered in the U.K. prior to 2014, thereby ensuring that all cars imported from the U.K. and re-registered in Ireland into future meet the current Euro 6 emissions standard set down by the EU.

He says the current situation makes a mockery of Government policy to ban the sale of diesel, petrol and hybrid cars by 2030.

“The Government can not solve the carbon emissions problem when 100 polluting cars are being put onto Irish roads for every zero emissions EV sold. 1,233 new EVs were sold in Ireland in 2018 while we imported 100,775 polluting cars from the U.K.. That is a sobering statistic. The Government needs to take stock of the reality, the environmental and economic impact and the future cost of cleaning up the national car fleet.”

“This ban needs to be included among any package of new measures aimed at changing consumer behaviour to reduce carbon emissions and it is also essential if the Government is to ensure that the objectives of its electomobility strategy are not wholly undermined,” said Mr. McCarthy.