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Cuba eases 50-y-o restrictions on purchase of cars

Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 | 4:11 pm Comments 0
In this September 28, 2011 file photo, a man makes his way along a parking lot lined with cars in Havana, Cuba.   AP
In this September 28, 2011 file photo, a man makes his way along a parking lot lined with cars in Havana, Cuba. AP

HAVANA (AP):
Cuba's government today announced that the restrictions placed on the purchasing of late-model cars have been lifted.


The government said that it has decided to open its automobile market and its roads to thousands of late-model cars by eliminating a special permit that sharply restricted the number of people allowed to buy vehicles from the state.

The communist government has a monopoly on the sale of imported vehicles.

It has long required any potential buyer to obtain a special card from the Transport Ministry authorising the purchase of a car.

Potential buyers have been required to prove they obtained the cash for a car through approved means like working overseas as a state-employed doctor, musician or artist.

Money from relatives abroad, a source of disposable income for hundreds of thousands of Cubans, didn't merit a card.

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