Buffoonery Finland


Idiocy meets stupidity.

They already have draconian car inspections every year, with an enforced (fraudulent) Co2 pollutants monitoring that costs an extra 35 Euroes a pop. Even if the car is 20 years old, it still has to be checked for road worthiness, so why the plan? Because they want all cars to be ”greens” compliant, that’s why. So no, I will be driving my 12 year old Toyota (which is still a very dependable car with hardly no rust at all) into the future, the state can keep their 1500 Euro subsidies.

Government plans “cash for clunkers” pilot

Finns drive some of the oldest vehicles in Europe, with the average car on the road more than 11 and a half years old. Some 10,000 are rusting away in backyards and garages. The cabinet aims to lower emissions, improve safety and spur new car sales with a cash incentive.

Autonromuja kasassa romuttamon pihassa.
Piling up: The bill aims to bring more junky clunkers in for recycling. Image: Juha Korhonen / Yle

Motorists in Finland drive the oldest cars in western Europe. The government wants to offer a financial incentive to trade in veteran vehicles for newer, lower-emission models. A six-month pilot scrappage programme would begin next July.

If Parliament approves the government’s “cash for clunkers” bill, those who scrap cars that are over 10 years old will get a rebate of 1500 euros when buying a new car. Lowering the average age of vehicles in traffic would have environmental and safety benefits – as well as offering a shot in the arm to the sluggish automotive sales sector.

“Over the past six years the general stock of cars has clearly aged, since only about 100,000 new ones have been sold. Any kind of reforms that would stimulate the car business in Finland would be welcome,” says Jari Kivelä, head of car sales at Delta Auto in the south-eastern city of Kotka.

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