Source: Tehran Times
The Iranian government has announced plans to take up to 400,000 vehicles that don't meet emission standards off the roads by the end of the current Iranian calendar year, in a bid to reduce the country's air pollution problems.
More than 1.5 million cars have been scrapped over the past decade, according to Iran Fuel Conservation Organization Deputy Director Mojtaba Shafiei.
In Tehran, automobile use has doubled in the past eight years, according to the Ministry of Transport and Urban Development estimates, and around one million of the cars on the road each day are more than 20 years old.
cartoon by Firoozeh Mozaffari, Etemaad daily
In Iran record high fuel consumption rates and out of control air pollution in large cities have turned into a major headache for the citizens and government officials.
Experts put the blame on two main factors, low standard vehicles and low quality gasoline.
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