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Thursday, 04 February 2016 13:00

Parliament decides not to veto car emissions test update

A move to veto a plan to temporarily raise NOx emission limits for diesel cars was rejected by MEPs on Wednesday, after the EU Commission promised a review clause and tabled a long-term legislative proposal to revamp the EU car approval regime, Caspian Energy News ( reports with reference to the press statement of the European Commission.

This followed pressure from Parliament in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal.

“I therefore welcome the responsible decision from the plenary, which will allow us to go ahead with the RDE procedure in order to bring down NOx emissions from cars which are, at the moment, 400 to 500% above the official limits. We have avoided uncertainties, because industry now has strict but sustainable deadlines to meet. In Europe, we will have better air quality for our citizens without losing jobs”, said Environment Committee chair Giovanni La Via (EPP, IT).

The draft motion for a resolution from the Environment Committee was rejected by 323 votes to 317, with 61 abstentions. Today’s vote clears the way for the European Commission to go ahead with the second RDE package. Two more are to be tabled in order to complete the process. The Environment Committee will hold a public hearing on the RDE procedure on 23 February.

The second RDE package, approved by the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles (TCMV) – bringing together national experts - on 28 October 2015, seeks to establish quantitative RDE requirements to limit the tailpipe emissions of light passenger and commercial (Euro 6) vehicles.

The proposed requirements are to be introduced in two steps: as a first step, car manufacturers would have to bring down the discrepancy to a “conformity factor” of a maximum of 2.1 (110%) for new models by September 2017 (and for new vehicles by September 2019); and as a second step, this discrepancy would be brought down to a factor of 1.5 (50%), taking account of technical margins of error, by January 2020 for all new models (and by January 2021 for all new cars). A conformity factor for the number of particles (PN) remains to be determined.

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