“Let it be known that importing automobiles that run on fuel is not possible,” stated the Ministry of Transport and Logistics.
By Staff Reporter
ADDIS ABABA – (BORKENA) “Though gasoline-powered automobiles are banned from entering the country, sources say that individuals claiming they ‘haven’t heard of this’ are still importing them.”
Minister of Transport and Logistics Minister , Alemu Sime, made this statement while presenting the performance report of the bi-annual plan yesterday to the Standing Committee on Urban Infrastructure and Transport Affairs at the House of Peoples’ Representatives, as reported by Tikvah Ethiopia.
“The government has decided not to import any gasoline automobiles into Ethiopia unless they are electric. Ethiopia, which does not produce fuel but imports it from abroad using high amounts of foreign currency,” Alemu stated.
“Ethiopia is a supporter of green development and is a country that works hard for that. To reduce air pollution, an electric car is preferable to a gasoline car,” the minister said.
He further said that electric vehicles “are being widely produced in the world and since they operate in urban areas in our country, it is possible to provide charging infrastructure”
“Any imported private utility vehicle must be electric, and gas-powered automobiles are not allowed to be imported,” according to the Minister of Transport and Logistics. “Therefore, everyone should be aware that petrol automobiles should not be imported into the country.”
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