An informal political agreement has been reached on Europe's first energy efficiency and noise standards for car and lorry tyres.
The future of green road charging schemes in Europe has been hampered by a vote in the European Parliament's Transport Committee.
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Transport and Environment (T&E) have welcomed today's vote in the European Parliament on 'EURO VI' air pollution limits for new lorries and buses sold in Europe from 2012-13.
The European Parliament's internal market committee has voted to support proposed legislation that would make tyres quieter and more energy efficient. The decision effectively overturns a vote last month by the parliament's industry committee that could have severely weakened the proposed standards.
A European Parliament-backed report that supports the weakening of new tyre noise standards has been heavily criticised by the leading independent experts in Europe.
Under pressure from the tyre industry and the Italian government, the European Parliament's industry committee has voted to water-down proposed legislation to make car tyres quieter and more energy efficient.
The European Commission adopted today a package entitled "Towards Greener Transport" which included a long-awaited strategy to allow transport to pay for the costs that they cause to environment and society. The package includes a legislative Proposal to revise the Eurovignette Directive that aims to remove a legal obstacle which prohibits trucks being charged for the costs that they cause in terms of congestion and pollution.
Over a thousand protected nature areas in Europe are under serious threat from high-profile EU-funded transport infrastructure projects according to a new report by BirdLife International, RSPB and other environmental groups , which was presented in the European Parliament today.
Close to half of all Europeans are regularly exposed to traffic noise levels that are potentially dangerous to health, a new study has found.