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Israel Knesset approves regulations requiring particulate filters on older heavy-duty diesels

Israeli lawmakers have approved regulations that will require owners of old, heavy-duty, diesel-fueled engines to install particulate filters. The regulations were passed by the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee on 12 March 2018; they’ll go into effect on November 1, 2018. Those who are required to install the filters but do not do so will be unable to renew their vehicle’s license.

The main principles of the regulations:

  • Owners of old, heavy diesel vehicle are required to install diesel particulate filters (DPFs). Those who are required to install filters and do not, will not be able to renew their license.

  • Vehicles defined as “polluting” will be marked with a sticker during their annual vehicular license test, and ultimately, will not be allowed to enter low-emission zones in Israel.

  • Every vehicle license will include a rating, in accordance with its impact on air pollution. The rating system is as follows: Clean (electric vehicles); Reduced pollution vehicle; Normal; Polluting vehicle (those that do not meet Euro 4 standards).

Diesel vehicles will receive a “reduced pollution” rating once a particulate filter has been installed.

Implementation of these regulations is expected to reduce vehicular air pollution in Israel by 30%.

The diesel program is part of the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Clean Car Revolution, which also includes funding for cities that create low-emission zones, support for transportation companies that acquire electric buses, encourage the purchase of hybrid taxes, and more.

Alongside the regulations, the Ministry will launch a program that includes two main elements:

  • Up to 100% financial support to install a particulate filter.

  • Grants of up to NIS 22,000 (US$6,400) for the scrapping of polluting diesel vehicles.

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