Sales of electric cars are on the rise, but still make up a tiny proportion of the overall car fleet, according to the latest motor industry sales figures.
A new local air quality law, which was passed after years of pressure by groups in T&E’s network, has already seen a marked reduction in pollution.
Pressure is mounting on the Commission to bring in more realistic emissions tests for new cars after an Italian consumer organisation launched legal proceedings against Fiat and Volkswagen’s Italian office.
The Commission has said a number of EU member states could be making more and better use of environmental taxation.
Countries with the lowest CO2 emissions from new cars usually have registration and company car taxes which are strongly graduated according to CO2 emissions and have the greatest influence on car buyers’ choices, T&E’s latest How Clean are Europe’s cars report has found.
Three Belgian NGOs have handed in a petition to the country’s federal parliament aimed at getting the Belgian government to end its favourable treatment of company cars. The three NGOs, including T&E member Bond Beter Leefmilieu (BBL), collected 25,000 signatures protesting about a fiscal regime in Belgium that makes it more lucrative for employers to pay their staff through company cars and company fuel than by giving them more money.
Progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport is too slow for the EU to meet its long-term goal on cutting transport’s contribution to climate change.
The Italian city of Milan is using state-of-the-art car telematics to encourage motorists to leave their car at home and go by public transport.
The continued widespread manipulation of the way vehicles’ fuel consumption is tested is allowing carmakers to pocket millions of euro that should have been invested making cars more efficient , a new report has highlighted.