SEOUL, Jul. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — LPG-powered recreational vehicles with a seating capacity of five or below might be released for general sale in South Korea after years of being banned in the retail market, with the government looking for ways to tackle the issue of fine dust emissions.
According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and the Trade, Industry and Energy Committee, a fourth meeting by the LPG vehicles policy reform task force was held on Monday, consisting of a number of related government branches and institutions including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.
During the meeting, the task force discussed the prospect of easing the regulations on the sale of certain LPG vehicles to the general public, as the current law restricts the use of LPG-powered vehicles to taxis, car rental services, small cars and vehicles with a seating capacity of more than seven.
Despite opposition from a few, members of the task force came to the agreement that the ban on general sales of LPG-powered recreational vehicles with seating capacity of five or below should be lifted.
The decision comes after the task force considered a number of options to encourage the sales of LPG vehicles in the country.
In the meantime, the Trade, Industry and Energy Committee is set to hold a meeting later this week to discuss the amendment.