Kazakhstan to import only eco-friendly cars

October 26. Central Asia Newswire

Kazakhstan to import only eco-friendly carsKazakhstan will only import automobiles that meet the Euro-3 European Union environmental standards starting next year, the Kazakh daily Kazakhstan Today (KT) reported on Tuesday.

The guidelines, implemented by the EU in 2000, seek to limit the amount of exhaust fumes emitted by vehicles.

From January 1, 2011, “importation and manufacture of motor vehicles that do not meet these requirements will be denied,” KT reported the Kazakh Transport and Communications Ministry as saying on Tuesday.

The new measure will mean that all new cars imported to Kazakhstan will meet higher environmental standards and will thus decrease the emissions level of the country, the ministry said. Current cars on Kazakh roads that do not meet the higher Euro-3 regulations “therefore will be used until complete wear,” the ministry said in a statement.

Kazakhstan has recently been adopting more EU and European Community regulations throughout the country.

In September, Kazakhstan announced it would implement the European Union’s Eurocode which governs the construction of buildings. New buildings built in Kazakhstan will now be sturdier and more earthquake-safe, according to the regulations.