Julia Poliscanova, T&E clean vehicles manager, said: “This decision will ensure petrol cars are fitted with filters to trap the tiny, harmful particles emitted in the exhaust. It is a good day for urban residents forced to breathe air polluted by car exhausts.”
A public consultation on the Commission proposal had been supported by a wide range of environmental, health and consumer organisations and cities, including T&E.
The vote also approved changes to the new nitrogen oxides (NOx) tests for diesel engines to make these more representative of real world driving. The changes to the tests will account for the higher emissions when engines are cold and when the particulate filters are cleaned, which were omitted from the original rules.
The vote today in the European Council’s Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles (TCMV) was passed 23 votes to 3. Only the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania voted against the regulation with Slovakia abstaining.
Florent Grelier, T&E clean vehicles engineer, added: “The Commission can now focus on establishing the rules to test cars on the road using a real world test. This is essential to ensure cars in use perform as they do in the lab and will ensure in the future carmakers cannot circumvent the rules as they’ve done for far too long.”