By the beginning of next year, residents of Moscow and its nearby suburbs will not have a problem scrapping their old vehicles. In addition, turning in their old “clunkers” for recycling will actually benefit car owners.
The problem of what to do with old cars is becoming a particularly pointed issue, especially in the outskirts of Moscow. One-fifth of Russia’s vehicles are located in Moscow and the surrounding Moscow Region. One-fifth of all out-of-service vehicles are also located in these locations. There are currently some 600,000 such cars in Russia.
The federal pilot project for salvaging old vehicles will start at the beginning of next year. Residents of select regions in Russia will be able to turn in any vehicle 10 years or older for a certificate worth 50,000 rubles towards the purchase of a new car. About 70,000 certificates will be distributed in the Moscow Region, 40,000 in the Leningrad Region, and 10,000 in each remaining district that is participating in the pilot program. Altogether, officials are planning to issue some 200,000 such certificates.