In the last few years, there has been a serious increase in the registration of personal cars. The Traffic Police reports a very high percentage of cars over the age of 15.
Since 2010, there has been an increase in the number of registered private cars in the country with each passing year.
The upward trend in recent years is after a drastic decline in registrations in 2009 due to the economic crisis affecting European countries, as well as a lull after a "boom" of registrations upon Bulgaria's accession to the EU.
This was said in an interview with BTA by Chief Inspector Boyko Ranovski from the Traffic Police Department at the General Directorate of the National Police.
In 2012, the registered new cars in our country were 14 thousand, and the used with first registration - 182 thousand.
From the beginning of 2013 to the end of July, the number of newly purchased cars in Bulgaria was 8,900, and the number of second-hand cars imported from Europe was 108,000.
Old cars predominate
At the end of the first half of 2013, the total number of registered cars in the country was 2,860,000. Most of the cars were over 20 years old - about 36% of the total number of registered cars. Next are cars aged between 15 and 20 - 32 percent. This means that 68 percent of the registered cars in the country are over 15 years old.
The traffic police make statistics on the age of cars every 5 years.
Every year, the registration of about 50,000 cars is terminated - usually very old.
There are also exports, but the flow is higher than the EU member states to Bulgaria.
Stopped due to technical failure or at the request of the owners are about 40 thousand per year.
Cars and the environment
Under the law, the annual tax on old cars is currently about ten times lower than on new ones.
According to Boyko Ranovski, incentives or preferences for buying new cars should be considered, either through local taxes and fees or other mechanisms.
The Ministry of Environment and Water states that they do not have the competence to impose restrictive measures on the use of cars depending on their age. The emissions of harmful substances in the exhaust gases of each vehicle should comply with the relevant European standard EURO.