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Turkmenistan Bans Import Of Older Cars

The scene in downtown Ashgabat
The scene in downtown Ashgabat
ASHGABAT -- The Turkmen government is banning the import of cars and trucks made before 2000, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reports.

A government decree issued this week states that as of January 1 any vehicles produced before 2000 will not be allowed into the country for sale.

No restrictions will be imposed on cars that were made in 1999 or earlier if they were imported before January 1.

Turkmenistan imports large numbers of cars from several countries, notably Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

Brands such as Toyota, Opel, Volkswagen, and BMW are among the most popular in Turkmenistan.

Most Turkmen citizens don't have enough money to buy newer cars, and the ban on older models will prevent many people from owning a car.