United Arab Emirates is no place for old cars
In Dubai, the average age of vehicles is just 5.6 years, so the new rule that has just been put in place to start January 1 2009 will not affect many residents.
"There are only 10,277 vehicles that are 20 years old and that will be taken off the when the new rule comes into effect from January 2009," Sultan Abdullah Al Marzouqi, acting director of the Vehicles Licensing Department at the Licensing Agency of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said.
Al Marzouqi told Gulf News the average age of vehicles in Dubai is much lower than in many countries due to the strong purchasing power of residents and the trend to drive new vehicles, which is considered a status symbol.
From January 1, 2009, traffic departments will stop registering or renewing licences of any vehicle over 20 years old. And in January 2010, any vehicle over 15 years will not be allowed to be registered.
Also, motorists with 10-year-old vehicles will not be able to transfer ownership, but they will be able to renew it in their names.
"They will have the option either to scrap the 20-year old vehicles or export them to other countries," Al Marzouqi said.
An estimated 67,000 vehicles will come off the road with the aim to reduce pollution and accidents from breakdowns.
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