The Minister of the Environment and Forests, Laszlo Borbely, announced, yesterday, that the car tax would be hiked, as of January 1, 2011, by 25 to 50 per cent, to prevent the entrance of second-hand polluting vehicles in Romania, Mediafax reports. Borbely stated, in Cluj, in the Prefects’ College meeting, that he hoped the Emergency Ordinance regarding the new car tax would be completed in two or three weeks’ time. “We cannot afford to pay RON 700 to put out of use second-hand cars coming from elsewhere and fill Romania with highly polluting cars which other countries are trying to get rid of,” the minister stated. According to the latter, in the past year, 120,000 second-hand cars have been brought to Romania, out of which a large portion were over ten years old. Car-owners may have to pay, in 2011, an environmental tax ranging between EUR 32,000 to license a 20 years old, non-Euro, 3,200 ccm-engine vehicle, and EUR 91 for a brand new Euro 5, 1.1 l-engine, which is exempt from taxes at present.