EU Member States impose restrictions on particle emissions

from petrol cars


New petrol cars in Europe will be subject to stringent particle emissions standards by September 2018. The models must be tested on the road in real-world driving conditions to prevent another emissions test cheating incident.

A large majority of EU Member States’ experts meeting in Brussels on Tuesday agreed to the proposal. Due to uncertainties in the tests, the emissions may be 50 percent higher than the standard. The particle filters to be installed are already widely used in diesel cars.

“Good news for air quality and public health. We have no time to lose,” responded EU Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska (Internal Market and Industry). Carcinogenic particle emissions account for thousands of premature deaths each year.

The environmental lobby organisation Transport & Environment welcomes the agreement. ”It’s a good day for citizens who are forced to breathe air polluted by emissions from motor vehicles.” The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) would have preferred more time.

Source:, ANP.