|Euro standards and Tier 2 Bin 5. Click to enlarge.|
The Environment Committee of the European Parliament voted last week to push the implementation of the Euro 5 standards back from mid-2008, as had been proposed early this year, to 1 September 2009 for private cars (M1).
Vehicles with a maximum laden weight of more than 2,500 kg; diesel family vehicles seating 7 or more; vehicles and designed to meet specific social needs; off-road vehicles; and light commercial vehicles (N1) will have until 1 September 2010 to comply.
The transition periods would extend up to 1 January 2011 (M1) and 1 January 2012 (N1) respectively.
Some Members of Parliament (MEPs) are suggesting that starting dates be set for the subsequent Euro 6 standards. They suggest 1 September 2014 for private cars (M1) and 1 September 2015 for light commercial vehicles (N1). Transition periods would run up to 1 September 2015 and 1 September 2016 respectively.
The proposed Euro 6 standards for NOx limits for diesel passenger cars are almost twice as high as those required by the current US Tier 2 Bin 5 / California LEV II standards (0.07 g/km in Euro 6 vs. 0.04 g/km in Tier 2 Bin 5).
A full vote on the rules will come in October.
Proposal for Euro 5 legislation