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Greece: austerity drives cars off the roads

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Greece: austerity drives cars off the roads

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Second cars, and in some cases even the one and only vehicle, are the latest casualties of austerity in Greece – with cash-strapped owners unable to pay their car tax.

With other more pressing bills, many can not afford the levy and have been queueing up at tax offices to hand in their licence plates – around 15 percent more than last year.

Greece’s government has been able to unlock the next installment of its much-needed bailout, worth 49.1 billion euros, by slashing public spending.

However, with cuts to wages and pensions, it is the ordinary people who are bearing the brunt of austerity.