The Commission has published its long-awaited proposals on reducing noise from cars, vans, buses and lorries, but the vast majority of cars already meet the first stage of the stricter limits, and almost a quarter meet the second stage. T&E says the proposals should have gone ‘farther and faster’, and has called for a third stage in the timetable in order to create an incentive for quieter vehicles.
The process that will confirm how Europe’s 2020 emissions target for new cars should be reached has begun, with the leaders of Europe’s car makers greeted by a ‘Star Wars’ style protest. The current limit for new cars is 130g of carbon dioxide per kilometre to be achieved by 2015, and Europe has a target of 95 g/km for 2020.
The French government is reducing its subsidies for people buying fuel-efficient cars but is increasing penalties for buyers of high-consumption vehicles.
The Belgian government is putting up taxes on company cars in a package that will bring in around €200 million a year.
After a twenty-year wait, the European Commission has today proposed new standards to cut noise levels from cars, vans, buses and lorries.
This two page briefing examines the EU's proposal to revise vehicle noise standards, with T&E's suggestions for how they could be improved to better protect health.
Most modern cars have air conditioning as a standard feature. Such air conditioning needs to be powered, and therefore leads to greater use of fuel per kilometre driven.
T&E response to consultation on complementary provisions to Euro 5/6 and Euro VI
The Italian city of Milan was totally car-free for 10 hours on 9 October because pollution had exceeded permitted levels for 12 consecutive days.
The Commission president José Manuel Barroso says he will introduce legislative proposals next year to improve infrastructure for low-carbon vehicles.