Petrol Cars Handed a 50 Per Cent Pollution Leeway in Draft EU Guidelines

By Gary Cutlack on at

A new draft EU bill covering car pollution is so full of loopholes that it could allow some petrol cars to exceed pollution guidelines by as much as 50 per cent, with green MEPs saying the proposed new regulations mark a ridiculous capitulation to the auto industry.

The problem with the draft legislation is that it lets petrol-driven cars exceed toxic particulates emissions by 50 per cent as they don't need the same filters to be used as diesel cars, although that 50 per cent increase is nothing -- some carmakers were looking for a 300 per cent rise in acceptable levels.

The Guardian quotes Green MEP Bas Eickhout as saying: "With this ridiculous proposal, the EU’s member states are again trying to dilute EU laws at a terrible cost to human health. We will call on the European commission to come to the European parliament and explain themselves on this issue." [Guardian]

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