20 Feb 2012

Sharp fall in used car imports as emission standards toughen

9:14 am on 20 February 2012

Used vehicle imports have plummeted following the introduction of stricter vehicle emissions standards.

The third phase of the exhaust emissions rule came into effect on 1 January. It prevents importers bringing in vehicles that do not meet what is known as the Japan 05 standard.

The Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association says just over 3000 vehicles were imported in January, less than half that of the same month a year ago.

Chief executive David Vinsen says the sharp fall was expected as not only are importers adjusting to the new rule, but a lot of stock was brought in before January.

He says imports are likely to continue at 3000 - 4000 per month for the rest of the year.