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Government launches Euro5 consultation

Date: 15 September 2006

That's two car emissions consultations inside seven days.

The Department for Transport has launched its second car emissions consultation in a week with a document looking into Euro5 tailpipe standards.

New cars currently have a legal requirement to meet Euro4 emission standards. The new consultation is designed to look into the setting of much tougher Euro5 emission standards.

Although the consultation does not mention a start date for Euro5, it does make the point that after the regulations have been approved it is expected it will take a further 18 months to four years for the standard to become compulsory.

The Government also commented that it broadly supports the EU proposals, which include an 80% cut in soot particulates for diesels plus smaller cuts in hydrocarbon emissions and oxides of nitrogen.

The regulations on particulate matter also include a clause to cover not only the amount of soot (in weight) but also the number and size of the particulates. This would in effect make soot traps a standard requirement on all diesels.

The closing date for submissions is December 8, 2006. See our link to the DfT's consultation site for more info.