Cars and pollution
06 February, 2014
Cars and pollution
To mitigate air pollution problems in Georgia and its capital in particular, and also to streamline Georgian vehicle park standards in line with the European requirements, Georgian government will readopt obligatory technical testing of vehicles. However, neither the testing nor the payment rate for the test certificate are specified as of yet. The requirement becomes effective starting March 2015. According to Natia Mikeladze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, the step was made to get in line with
the safe road traffic requirements of the European Union and also to mitigate heavy air-pollution in the country.
“Georgia has assumed obligations within frames of the associated agreement with the EU to streamline technical conditions of all vehicles with EU standards, which will increase the safety of road traffic and have a positive impact on the environment. Besides, all vehicles registered in Georgia will be able to be included in the international traffic,” Mikeladze said to media. She promised the certificate payment will not be equal to EU rates. It will be reasonable based on the Georgian economy.  
Introduction of obligatory car testing on technical adjustments was revoked by the former government in 2004. Its return is a very unpopular but good move, sector pundits believe. But it should be implemented wisely. Sector pundits advise step-by-step introduction of the requirement. Otherwise it may affect the secondary car market and tax business, which in turn may lead to social discontent.
By statistics of 2012, 91% of 900 thousand vehicles in Georgia are outdated and comprised of cars with an age of over 10 years. And most of those cars are likely to be substandard because they have not been tested since 2004.
As a result, recent research of Ministry of Environmental Protection of Georgia made alarming revelations: 71% of air pollution is made of fuel fumes. The most dramatic picture is in Tbilisi where one-third of the entire Georgian population resides, and where 40% of transport movement occurs.
The transport share of Tbilisi air pollution is 95%. However Rezo Getiashvili, Project Coordinator of the Caucasian Environmental Network of Non-Governmental Organizations (CENN), believes the picture most probably is even worse.
“Five air condition supervisory stations operating throughout the country are too few to make a comprehensive picture,” he said to Georgian Journal. “According to the World Health Organization, air pollution cases the death of 3 million people worldwide yearly, and the jeopardy for cancer and allergic diseases does exist in Tbilisi. Therefore the test on technical adjustment is essential …”
The Environment ministry believes making car testing obligatory will reduce air pollution significantly. However, car sector analysts fear that around 50% of Georgian vehicles will not be able to pass the test, and that may put people in this business off the market.
Getiashvili agrees that stopping taxes that affect 200 thousand or more than 20% of all Georgian vehicles is impossible. It may lead to social unrest. He thinks the testing must be implemented step-by-step. But testing alone cannot solve the problem, Getiashvili as well as other environmentalists believe.
There should be stricter control on imported fuel quality. More than that, import of environment-friendly cars should be boosted by the state through a special taxation regime. “Only efforts undertaken in conjunction and not separately may lead to a real result,” Getiashvili said.

Other Stories
Doing business in Georgia has become easier than in America
According to the Doing Business 2019 report published by the World Bank, Georgia ranked 6th among 190 countries in terms of simplicity of doing business. This was an improvement over two ranks compared to last year.
Problems that foreigners frequently face in Georgia
The importance of Georgia as a tourism hub is growing year after year.
Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower – Better than the Eiffel Tower?
It is planned to renovate the Tbilisi TV Broadcasting Tower, one of the landmarks in the capital.
Georgian Fusion Menu by The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi
5,895,914 international visitors have visited Georgia between January and August of 2018. Compared to the previous year the number has increased by 12.2 per cent.
Advertising of gambling and lucrative games may become banned in Georgia
Advertising of gambling and lucrative games may become banned in Georgia. Those who violate the new rule would be fined GEL 10 000.
Lebanese café-lounge Beirut opens in Tbilisi
What is necessary to organize an unforgettable event? – Fun, emotions, lots of surprises, good music and delicious menu.
Georgia second among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe
Georgia is among the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. The data is published by the UN World Tourism Organization.
Bitmain launches world digital mining summit in Tbilisi, Georgia
Bitmain CEO Jihan Wu and Roger Ver, CEO of Head Speaker List featuring Circle, and Genesis Mining when Digital Mining Leaders Convene In Tbilisi on September 21-23
TBC Bank and Gazelle Finance have teamed-up to support Medical City, a leading healthcare provider in the western region of Georgia to launch the Western Regional Center Of Modern Medical Technologies.
Equivalent to buried treasure – resources that are underused in Georgia
For 2018 the IMF Commission has forecast an annual economic growth for the Georgian economy of about 5,5%.
Does the quality of Georgian wine increase and how the export affects it
If we look at the data collected about modern Georgian wine, we will find out that the Georgian wines produced between 2015-2017 are much better in terms of their quality and Oenologic features rather than the wines produced between 2009-2011.
Japan simplifies the visa requirements for Georgian citizens
Diplomatic and economic relations between Georgia and Japan are now moving to a new phase. Recently Japan has decided to simplify the visa requirements for Georgian citizens.
M&S (Marks and Spencer) and H&M collections to be produced in Georgia
Garments manufacturer MGMTEX will start production of the M&S and H&M trendy collections from this September.
The World Digital Mining Summit to be held in Georgia
The summit is scheduled to take place between 21st-23rd September in the Hualing Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Galt and Taggart - Tourism Boom Continues in Georgia
Tourism has become one of the key drivers for the Georgian economy. Galt and Taggart has recently published research about the Georgian tourism sector in the first half of 2018.
"The worst dream for Putin is that Russians want to live in Georgia"
This year, visitors to the Adjara region would notice that there is a boom in construction in and around Batumi.
Underground gas storage facility to be built in Georgia
KfW, a German government-owned development bank signed a EUR 150 million promotional loan with the state-owned Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) for the construction of the first underground gas storage facility in Georgia.
New gambling rules for Georgia
Georgian lawmakers are preparing a new draft law relating to online-casinos and gambling that will seek to curb gambling addiction in Georgia.
How expensive is it to visit Georgia?
The Georgian Lari (GEL) is the official currency of Georgia and is the only legal means of payment in the entire territory of Georgia.
Trade with the EU and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has grown significantly
Trade with the EU and the CIS has grown by 26% and 33.5 % respectively, says GeoStat, the Georgian National Statistics Office.
The unemployment rate decreases in Georgia
The unemployment rate decreased in Georgia by 1,9% and amounted to 12.1% in the 2nd quarter of 2018 compared with the previous quarter,
Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between Georgia and Malaysia
According to the Georgian Ambassador to Malaysia Nikoloz Apkhazava, Georgia plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia.
“Blauenstein Georgia” due to expand in Georgia
“Blauenstein Georgia” is planning to open more shops in Georgia. It is an agriculture company that sells meat products, meat and convenience food.
The amount of Direct Foreign Investment rises in Georgia
According to the information of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, the amount of direct foreign investment in Georgia has risen
It’s going to get  harder for foreigners to get residence permit in Georgia
It’s going to get harder for foreigners to get permit of residence in Georgia.
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
Recently Toyota rolled out Global Campaign under this slogan that reflects the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit of Encouragement,
A couple from Switzerland combines Swiss tradition and technology with Georgian products. Their cheese is made in the Georgian mountains and sold in local stores and hotels.
It has been more than five years since the residents of Lilo village, near Tbilisi, cannot open their windows.
63 000 GEL was received by the Georgian Agro Export Group which is just a small part of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural development.
Georgian entrepreneur Guka Tavberidze, who runs his own business in the UK and does it quite well, has been invited by BBC
The grand opening of 7-star The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place in Georgia’s capital on July 31.
DUSHETI, Georgia – The Georgian government and the World Bank will allocate USD 5.6 million (12 million GEL) to fund
A new Georgian clothing brand named Person has emerged in Georgian market.
Georgia is in the midst of an economic maelstrom, Euronews reports.
Situation at Georgia’s mineral water market is interesting: over the last year, the volume of export has grown by 56 percent. According to “GeoStat”, over $114 million worth of mineral water was sold
GEL Exchange
November 2018
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30