Russian government is getting ready to bring age limits to trucks and buses

Russian government is getting ready to bring age limits to trucks and buses

Kommersant – Russian Ministry of Industry and Commerce has submitted the law draft, bringing age limits to trucks and buses, to the government. In case the draft passes, the new regulations will come into force in July 2015. The law, which proposes a maximum age limit of 12 years for a series of vehicle groups, is expected to have a positive impact on sales.

According to government data, 46% of commercial vehicles in the country are over 15 years of age and 31% over 20 years. While 78% of 5+ tonnes trucks are over 15 years of age, the ratio is 44% for buses.

According to the draft, the age limits will be applied gradually. The upper age limit for 5+ tonnes buses with 8-passenger capacity will be pulled down to 18 years in 2015, to 15 in 2017 and to 12 in 2018. Buses with heavier tonnages over 25 years of age will be scrapped in July 2016. The upper limit will be reduced to 15 years for these buses in 2018. A total number 36,000 buses are expected to be affected by the implementation.

3.5+ tonnes trucks over 18 years of age will be barred from traffic in 2016 (30,000 vehicles). The usage of trucks over 15 years of age will come to an end in 2017 (57,000) and over 12 years in 2018 (97,000). Out of the trucks weighing between 3.5-12 tonnes, the ones over 20 (30,000 vehicles), 18 (10,000) and 15 (14,000) years of age will be barred from traffic in 2016, 2017 and 2018, respectively. The upper age limits to be set for 12+ tonnes trucks during the course of the aforementioned years are 28 (7700 vehicles), 26 (10,900) and 25 (8900) years.

In the event of violation of the law, legal and private persons will be subject to penalties between 30,000-200,000 rubles.

According to Avtostat data, 59,300 trucks (-17.5%) and 84,400 light commercial vehicles (-21%) have been sold in Russia within the first eight months of 2014. 3600 buses have been sold during the first half of the year, on the other hand (-37%).