No new law on old cars

No new law on old cars
Updated 05 July 2012

No new law on old cars

No new law on old cars

The Makkah traffic police have denied rumors that it will soon implement a new law throughout the province prohibiting the renewal of registrations for vehicles manufactured before 1990.
Fawzi Al-Ansari, spokesman for the Makkah traffic police, told Arab News: “This is simply not true. There are no such plans to introduce such a law as we have not received any such directives from the Ministry of Transport.”
However, mechanics and others employed in the Kingdom’s automotive industry claim otherwise.
Bilal, a Palestinian mechanic and automotive electrician, said: “I heard the traffic police will be enforcing a new regulation soon to reduce the number of old cars on the road and improve air.”
He added police will also stop drivers of older cars, escort them to the scrap yard, weigh the vehicle and pay the owner for the vehicle according to its scrap metal value.
Others say fears over whether this law will be implemented have led to certain knock-on effects.
Benny Santos, a Filipino employee at an auto repair shop in Jeddah, said: “I have just finished repairing and rebuilding a 1986 Mercedes Benz and have been trying for three months to sell the car, but no one has offered to buy it even after I lowered the asking price to SR 1,000.”
To help in ridding the streets of older cars, in 2009 Saudi customs banned cars more than five years old from entering the Kingdom’s ports.
Sulaiman Al Tuwaijeri, director of customs at the Jeddah Islamic Port, told Arab News in a previous interview: “The ban is on used cars, buses and light vehicles more than five years old. Heavy vehicles more than 10 years old are also not allowed to be imported.”
In 2008, more than 140,000 used cars valued at SR 17.5 billion were imported into the Kingdom, accounting for 26 percent of total vehicles imported for the year.