Romania could ban registration of Euro 3 and 4 emissions-compliant cars to meet environment-related targets, according to local media reports.

The eastern European country's National Plan for Energy and Climate Change (PNIESC) covers the option of a ban on the registration of cars with a pollution standard below Euro 5 so as to allow the country to meet the energy efficiency and environment targets it committed to, romania-insider.com said, citing a Hotnews.ro report.

The document did not mention a date for the ban on Euro 3 and Euro 4 cars registration.

A revised version of PNIESC is currently under debate on the website of Romania's economy, energy and business environment ministry.

PNIESC was revised after recommendations from the European Commission (EC).

The EC recommended Romania to aim for a share of energy derived from renewable resources in the total gross national energy consumption of at least 34% by 2030, up from an initial proposal of 27.9%.

PNIESC also covers measures such as high and strict environment taxes that would limit the acquisition of used cars and the introduction of dedicated lanes for public transport vehicles and electric cars.

It also includes activities to promote the importance of eco-mobility, the expansion and modernising of urban public transport with ecological vehicles, and encouraging the use of biofuels.

The plan also includes the renewal of the auto car parc through the Rabla program, which provides non-refundable financing for the purchase of new, less polluting cars in exchange for scrapping old cars.

As part of the programme, vouchers worth RON45,000 (EUR9,400) are granted for the purchase of a new electric car, and RON 20,000 (EUR4,100) towards the purchase of a new hybrid electric car, the media reports said.

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