Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Some 17,000 old taxis are currently moving in Tehran. Meysam Mozaffar, managing director of Tehran Municipality's Taxi Driving Company, said that totally around 80,000 taxis are moving in the city, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Jan. 24.
Taxis play an important role in reducing air pollution in Tehran, he noted.
A single old car emits 40 grams of pollutants per one kilometer of moving, he added.
Tehran and other major Iranian cities have been hit by air pollution several times over the past months.
Over 200,000 old cars were scrapped in Iran in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21-December 21).
Iran's Transportation and Fuel Management Headquarters Director Alireza Feizbakhsh said the number of cars which have been scrapped in the 9-month period is five times as much compared to the same period in the previous year.
Last June, Iran began distributing Euro-4 premium gasoline, which meets European fuel quality standards, in a number of large cities.
Euro-4 is a globally-accepted European emission standard for the production of vehicle fuel with significantly low amounts of sulfur.