This paper describes the background to European vehicle emission control regulations up to the present, and reviews prospects for future controls up to the year 2000. In the UK, legislation has traditionally aimed to provide a sensible balance between the need for environmental protection and costs for manufacturers and vehicle users. More recently, there has been the additional aim of removing barriers to trade within the European single market. The Luxembourg agreement was a significant early step for future emission standards, and led to the development of European Commission (EC) Directives for light and heavy duty vehicle standards. The development of EC type approval emission standards has progressed far during the last five years. New EC directives on emission limits for light vans and light commercial vehicles, and for cars, are due to come into effect by 1996. Between now and 2000, dramatic improvements in vehicle emission control technology will be seen as the new directives become effective. Some likely changes are described for: (1) test cycles for light and heavy duty vehicles; (2) evaporative emissions; (3) fuel quality; (4) carbon dioxide emissions; and (5) in-service inspection and maintenance. For the covering abstract see IRRD 873243.


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  • Accession Number: 00713375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-85298-847-8
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1995 12:00AM