Since 1992, European Union regulations have been imposed on new cars, with the aim of improving air quality – meaning a car has to meet a certain Euro emissions standard when it is made.
Whether your car is a Euro 6 diesel or a Euro 1 petrol, knowing your car’s rating is more important than ever now, given the increasing number of levies and fines being introduced for older cars, especially diesels.
According to the EU, “the air pollutant emissions from transport are a significant contribution to the overall state of air quality in Europe”, with industry and power generation being the other major sources.
The aim of Euro emissions standards is to reduce the levels of harmful exhaust emissions, chiefly:
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Hydrocarbons (HC)
- Particulate matter (PM)
These standards are having a positive effect, with the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), claiming: “It would take 50 new cars today to produce the same amount of pollutant emissions as one vehicle built in the 1970s.”
*Excerpts from RAC “Euro 1 to Euro 6 – find out your vehicle’s emissions standard” Read full article here