According to the state media, Cuba is reducing the strict laws that govern the purchase of foreign made used and new cars. Cubans will now not have to get government permits when they want to purchase modern vehicles from state sellers. However, this was not the case in 2011 as individuals could only sell cars made before the 1959 revolution.
Since 1959, the government could only be the one with property and this was because of Cuba being a communist-run island. However, the changes that have now been made are as a way of improving the economy of Cuba. Due to the rules that have now been passed, Cubans can now purchase and sell used cars from each other. On the other hand, if they are purchasing a second hand one or a new car from state-controlled retailers then they have to be authorized by the government.
People such as diplomats and doctors or any others who could benefit the government were given the first priority when it came to getting permits. Granma the Communist Party newspaper said that on Wednesday the council of ministers accepted new laws that accept one to purchase motor vehicles from the state without an approval. Thus, the paper added that the sale of new and used cars, vans, mini buses, motorcycles and small trucks for Cubans and foreign residents, diplomats and companies is now available.
Conversely, people who have already gotten permits are to be given the first priority. Foreigners and Cubans will not be able to import their own cars while buyers will still have to buy cars through state retailers. According to Reuters, the new laws are going to be published in the official Gazette and will become law after 30 days.
Jorge Canso, a resident of Havana was quoted by the news agency saying that though he would like to buy something, it is difficult for him to do so as the economy does not allow them to save money to be able to buy the car. This move is among many that President Raul Castro has tried to do to try to update the economic model of Cuba. Additionally he has also undertaken limited free market reforms after succeeding his brother Fidel in 2008.