"The typical car will go for its last drive sometime between its 10th and 15th
year on Earth. At this point, the vast majority are sent to be recycled or sold
for parts. But for a few autos, a second lease on life awaits, as a significant
percentage are exported from richer nations to developing nations for a few
more years on the road.
In countries across Africa and Latin America, old used cars from places like
the U.S. and Europe provide vital access to transportation to people who would
otherwise be unable to afford their own vehicles. While this process extends
the lives of these cars, the practice is not without problems, in particular
with regards to pollution and passenger safety.
In this episode of The Conversation Weekly
, we speak with two researchers
about why richer countries export used cars, what impacts they have in
developing nations and whether import restrictions are effectively stemming the
rise in pollution and accidents caused by this practice."
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