NADA welcomes government’s plan to introduce Euro VI standard

‘Nepal has to build necessary infrastructure and prepare skilled human resources before moving to cleaner Euro VI standard.’

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Kathmandu: NADA Automobiles Association of Nepal has welcomed the government’s proposal to implement the Euro VI emission standard.

However, Nepal has to build the necessary infrastructure and prepare skilled human resources before moving to a cleaner Euro VI standard, it concluded.

“The government has to implement Euro VI standards in several phases,” representatives of NADA said during a meeting with Ramsahay Prasad Yadav, minister for forests and environment.

Euro VI grade fuel only has 10 ppm sulfur content. Harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles can be brought down by nearly 70 percent and in petrol cars by 25 percent. The new standard is also believed to reduce cancer-causing particulate matter in diesel emissions by up to 80 percent. The Euro standard of fuel was first introduced in 1993. Since then, standards have consistently improved to make fuels cleaner and more environment-friendly.

After the meeting with Minister Yadav, the representatives of NADA also met Maha Prasad Adhikari, governor of Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB). The representatives, during the meeting, requested the central bank to increase the loan to value ratio to 80 percent from 50 percent on higher purchase loans of private vehicles.

Likewise, during the meeting with Narayan Prasad Sapkota, director general of the Department of Customs, representatives of NADA also discussed customs evaluation, easing customs process, among others.

Similarly, NADA also discussed the embossed number plate, Euro VI standard, among other issues with Namaraj Ghimire, chief of the department of Transport Management.

Continuing its meeting, NADA representatives also met SSP Umesh Raj Joshi, chief of Metropolitan Traffic Police Division.