A collection plan for old cars has helped remove polluting cars from the road, replacing them with efficient and traffic-reducing personal electric vehicles, generally electric bicycles and electronic scooters.
It may be shocking for us, who can barely cope with a program like Rabla, but for Lithuanians the shock was quickly turned into action, taking the opportunity to change their “scraps” with new electric bikes.
The program has been developed by the Lithuanian Project Management Agency (APVA), part of the country’s Ministry of Environment. The program started this summer with a budget of 8 million euros.
How was the exchange made?
To qualify, citizens can apply for and then receive a grant of up to 1,000 euros for the purchase of a new electric bicycle, e-scooter, e-moped, e-motorcycle or even public transport credits, after exchanging the old one. their vehicle.
In fact, many of the older cars traded are worth less than 1,000 euros, which means that the owners come out on top from the start, especially if you think about the costs for car insurance, gasoline and parking permits – torment that you get rid of after you get rid of the old vehicle.
And the good part is that the 1000 euros is a large enough amount not to worry that you will have to contribute too much from your own pocket.
To date, the Lithuanian program has spent about 95% of its budget, but has already been supplemented by 3 million euros to keep the popular program running.
“The initiative has received a lot of attention from the population. The number of requests exceeded all expectations. For this reason, the Ministry of Environment has allocated another 3 million euros from the Climate Change Program “, explained Austėja Jonaitytė, the spokesperson of APVA.
Obviously, it is a program that could and should be reproduced in many other countries, and Romania does not lose sight of this time either.
With so many old vehicles on the streets of the country and with so many infringement proceedings that Romania has received due to non-compliance with environmental regulations, such a program would be more than useful to wash away the environmental sins that the industry our car and our consumption habits have produced them.
If we look at the production of bicycles in the EU and Romania’s contribution in this regard, an old vehicle exchange program – new bicycles may seem a viable solution.