New round of emission controls for cars

Legislative proposals to tighten up the limits on car exhaust emissions which began to take effect across the EC in July are being prepared by the European Commission. They will bring the Community at least into line with emission standards due to take effect in the USA in the mid-1990s.

The new proposals are for the second stage of emission reductions foreshadowed in a 1991 EC Directive. The first-stage limits took effect in July for new car models, and will be mandatory for all new cars from the beginning of 1993. The standards will generally require the use of closed loop three-way catalysts.

Proposals for the second-stage emission limits, which are to take effect in 1996, have now been finalised by the Motor Vehicles

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