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Over 320,000 old cars scrapped in Iran: official

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN- Over 320,000 old cars were scrapped in Iran since the beginning of current Iranian calendar year (March 21, 2014), according to an Iranian transportation official.

Iran's Transportation and Fuel Management Headquarters Director Alireza Feizbakhsh said the figure is forecast to reach 350,000 by the end of current calendar year (March 20, 2015), the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) reported.

Feyzbakhsh said the old and sub-standard vehicles are responsible for over 70 percent of air pollution in the megacities of Iran.

The scrappage scheme to dispose old and inefficient vehicles will contribute to the reduction of annual gasoline consumption by around 400 million liters in the country.

Masoumeh Ebtekar, the chairwoman of Environmental Protection Organization, has said there are different reasons such as industrial activities and public transport for air pollution in Tehran but substandard cars and low quality fuel are mostly to blame.

Air Pollution (cartoon by Reza Jangi, Etemaad daily)

The government's actions indicate its resolve to tackle pollution goes beyond rhetoric. After years of government opacity on the subject, oil minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has admitted that the main source of the smog is sub-standard gasoline.

In Tehran, automobile use has doubled in the past eight years according to the transport ministry estimates, and around one million of the cars on the road each day are more than 20 years old.

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