The dangers of the United Nations’ Geneva office taking over responsibility for regulating aspects of European transport have been thrown into sharp focus, after a draft for a legally binding standard designed to cut noise from cars allowed for traffic noise to get much louder.
The Commission is expected to act this month to close a gap in EU legislation by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from road transport. It is putting the final touches to proposals to tighten environmental standards for vans and light trucks, but the car makers’ lobby is fighting to get the proposals weakened, while environmental groups fear that some large cars could be reclassified as small trucks to allow the makers to be less strict about emissions.
Reports from Germany suggest the environmental element of the car ‘scrappage’ scheme has backfired, as many of the cars that were supposed to be scrapped have been bought by criminals and sold to countries outside the EU.
Jos Dings writes in today's European Voice: There was something rather predictable about the response of vehicle manufacturers to news that the EU will propose fuel efficiency standards for vans and light trucks this month or in early October.
Noise emissions from motor vehicles are regulated by the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29), a body of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), based in Geneva.