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Ghana may soon ban importing fairly used cars to save the environment

Influx of fairly used vehicles laced with obsolete technology whose carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) and fuel consumption might no longer be in compliance with the manufacturers’ standards in Ghana between 2005 and 2016 has been traced to be a major cause of air pollution and environmental degradation.

Accordingly, the country is on the verge of enacting a law that may place serious limitations on their imports or total ban.

Statistics gathered from the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division showed that more than one million vehicles of all types imported from 2005 to 2016, failed environmental tests.

However, these vehicles, which are the mainstay of Ghana’s transport sector, are said to consume more than half of the total oil import and production of the nation and releases virtually a quarter of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere.

Whereas studies have shown that air pollution facilitate respiratory and cardiovascular health problems, in Ghana, road Transport also contribute to ambient air pollution.