El Salvador: NO to Cars Over 7 Years Old

The government is assessing reducing from 8-7 the maximum number of years of age of vehicles which can be imported.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The aim of the Sanchez Ceren administration is to reduce the size of the vehicle fleet which is registered today in El Salvador. Figures from the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData com at the end of 2015 show that 936.700 vehicles were registered in circulation.

See: "Age of the Vehicle Fleet in Central America"

Elsalvador.com reports that "...According to what was said yesterday by Minister Gerson Martinez, it is expected that a bill will be signed to reduce the age of imported used cars. Circulating in the country are from cars with ages ranging from brand new to those manufactured many years ago, therefore, according to Gerson Martinez, these must stop circulating. 'In my view, they should even examine the possibility that the law establish the obligatory withdrawal of these vehicles'."

"... Data from the Directorate General of Customs shows that in 2010 15.296 used vehicles came into the country which represented for the Treasury import tax payments of $15.9 million, without taking into account the payment made for first registration of importation."

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