Time to crush Dominican Republic’s rolling wrecks
Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s used car dealers grouped in Anadive on Tuesday proposed a joint plan for the Government to replace old vehicles nationwide, to renew the flotilla.
The association’s executives said the two-stage plan would make it easy for owners to destroy their 1990 model year and older vehicle, and then those from 2000 or older.
Anadive executives César de los Santos, Luis Taveras and Marcos A. Reyes said the country’s previous plans to replace vehicles haven’t worked, and the new ones placed on the road along with many in poor condition create a major problem. They propose a commission to encourage owners of vehicles 20 years or older to take them to recycling yards for crushing.
They said of their 1,100 dealers nationwide as many as 10% go out of business annually, while 20% are likely to disappear, “unless there’s a change in the country’s economic policy.”
Quoted by listin.com.do, the business leaders affirmed that from a total of 84,000 vehicles imported in recent years the figure has dropped to no more than 50,000.
They added that a small dealer spends from RD$200,000 to RD$250,000 for a small auto, RD$500,000 to RD$ 600,000 for a midsize and as much as RD$ 1.0 million for a full size vehicle, since must sell as many as 10 to cover expenses.
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