BUCHAREST (Romania), January 19 (SeeNews) - Romania's president Klaus Iohannis on Friday signed into law a bill that requires at least 30% of motor vehicles purchased by the municipal governments to be powered by green technologies by 2020.
According to the law, at least 30% of the vehicles purchased by the local governments will have to be powered by electric motors or combustion engines running on compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas or biogas. The percentage will be calculated from the total number of vehicles purchased in one year.
At least 20% of the vehicles purchased by the authorities for their own fleets within a year must be vehicles powered by green technologies.
Also, private equity corporations, including taxi companies will be required to buy at least 30% electric cars for their fleets starting 2020.
The law aims to reduce pollution in urban agglomerations, as well as consumption of petrol and diesel, and to promote the use of green technologies.
New passenger hybrid electric car registrations in Romania more than doubled to 1,469 in the first nine months of 2017, from 684 in the prior-year period, according to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, ACEA.
There were 97 electric battery-powered vehicles registered in Romania in the first nine months of 2017, up from 23 as at end-September 2016.
Total registrations of alternative fuel vehicles in Romania surged to 1,566 in the nine months through September 2017 from 107 in the year-ago period.