Official Journal of the European Union

CE 84/49

(2004/C 84 E/0055)


by Bernd Lange (PSE) and Wilhelm Piecyk (PSE) to the Commission

(17 October 2003)

Subject:   Vehicle emissions outside of the test cycle

Pollution readings carried out by the German Federal Environmental Agency have shown that cars usually considered to be particularly environmentally friendly only keep within the EU's strict exhaust emission limits up to a speed of 120 km/h. Beyond that, however, emission levels rise many times over, proving that the cars concerned are not so environmentally friendly after all.

Is the Commission aware of this phenomenon?

Does the Commission intend to take account of emissions outside of the test cycle in its anticipated proposal for a future Euro V category of exhaust emission limits for cars, and will it restrict the extent to which the applicable limits are exceeded?

Answer given by Mr Liikanen on behalf of the Commission

(14 November 2003)

The Commission is aware that some motor vehicles can modulate the emission performance in certain driving conditions that are not covered by the present type-approval emissions test.

Emissions outside the test cycle are one of the issues on the agenda of the working group on Euro V standards that has been set up under the Motor Vehicles Emissions Group.