European court overrules EU decision to relax nitrogen oxide emissions limits on diesels in Madrid, Paris and Brussels
14 December 2018

Diesel cars registered before September 2018 can be banned from Madrid, Paris and Brussels after European justices overturned a relaxation of EU emissions limits.

The three city authorities have now been given the power to stop all diesel vehicles that don't comply to the latest Euro 6d TEMP rules from entering. The ruling by the European Court of Justice means vehicles that enter have to emit less than 80mg/km of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

The Euro 6 emissions standard, launched in 2007, originally set an 80mg/km limit according to laboratory tests. Ahead of the WLTP and Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing procedures introduction in 2017, the EU relaxed the target so that vehicles could emit 168mg/km of NOx, more than double the original limit.

The European court upheld a complaint by the three cities that the relaxed targets allowed "excessively high" local pollution, saying: "the commission did not have the power to amend the Euro 6 emissions limits for the new Real Driving Emissions tests".

It looks likely that Madrid, Paris and Brussels will now push forward a previously proposed ban. It's not clear yet whether other cities will follow suit, but Germany has previously announced that it plans to ban the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2030. 

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14 December 2018
2007!?!??!?! You sure?

14 December 2018

I wonder how many extra emissions were caused by all those fires in Paris :D

15 December 2018
Craig1988 wrote:

I wonder how many extra emissions were caused by all those fires in Paris :D

No problem according to abcxyz below, sinc Paris fires are external combustion

14 December 2018
Internal combustion is bad so let's not use that.
Diesel and petrol are bad so let's use a completely renewable energy source that also significantly improves the environment before we use it.
So let's use external combustion and fuel it with trees.
Let's go back 160 years and re-invent traction engines.
I've already got the blueprints ready.

14 December 2018

[quote=abcxyz]Internal combustion is bad so let's not use that. Diesel and petrol are bad so let's use a completely renewable energy source that also significantly improves the environment before we use it. So let's use external combustion and fuel it with trees. Let's go back 160 years and re-invent traction engines. I've already got the blueprints ready. It’s just taking the pollution out of the city and moving around @ new power Station somewhere.....?

Peter Cavellini.

14 December 2018
abcxyz wrote:

Internal combustion is bad so let's not use that. Diesel and petrol are bad so let's use a completely renewable energy source that also significantly improves the environment before we use it. So let's use external combustion and fuel it with trees. Let's go back 160 years and re-invent traction engines. I've already got the blueprints ready.

Using trees for external combustion engines or steam generators will increase pollution, why do you think the opposite?

15 December 2018
sabre wrote:

abcxyz wrote:

Internal combustion is bad so let's not use that. Diesel and petrol are bad so let's use a completely renewable energy source that also significantly improves the environment before we use it. So let's use external combustion and fuel it with trees. Let's go back 160 years and re-invent traction engines. I've already got the blueprints ready.

Using trees for external combustion engines or steam generators will increase pollution, why do you think the opposite?

Don't think it was a serious reply......

14 December 2018

What about the dirty high CO2 petrol cars? Or does this mean that every citizen has to buy an electric car or get on their bike, skates, scooter or horse ?

14 December 2018

Eh?  CO2 is not a dirty gas...it's what you breathe out every time you, er, breathe.  If that's what you meant then your ignorance is astounding.

I say my bit, then go. So although I'm interested in what you may initially say, I don't care what you think about what I've written, so I won't read whatever your reply is.

14 December 2018
NavalReserve wrote:

What about the dirty high CO2 petrol cars? Or does this mean that every citizen has to buy an electric car or get on their bike, skates, scooter or horse ?

You probaly meant CO and other pollutants, but petrol cars have catalizers that mosly solve the problem. Nitrous oxide exhausted by diesel engines are not catalized efficiently by catalizers.

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