European car makers are upset with a new French environmental classification which relegates even the newest Euro 6 diesel engines to the second cleanest category.
Also, Dutch police fine Gumball3000 competitors €30,000 and confiscate twelve driving licences. The A1 Paris bus and taxi lane has been suspended. A trans-Continental driving record attempt finds diesel really is more expensive in Switzerland. Tolls announced on new Moscow-St Petersburg motorway.
FRANCE ECO-STICKERS UPSET CAR MAKERS
Cleanest diesels relegated to category two.
France’s new environmental vehicle stickers have upset the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).
Following on from the progressive Paris bans on the most polluting vehicles, due to start next month – in which diesel engines have been identified as the major culprit – Ecology minister Segolene Royal last week unveiled seven new emissions categories.
Aside from the blue sticker for electric vehicles, the cleanest is for petrol vehicles registered since January 2011. All diesels are relegated to at least category two.
ACEA says, ‘There is no reason to discriminate against [Euro 6] clean diesel technologies. This does not make sense from an environmental or health point of view, and could be detrimental to the mobility of cities and businesses.’
The windscreen stickers will allow local mayors to incentivise the use of clean vehicles through reduced or free parking or access to dedicated lanes, for instance.
In Paris, the stickers could be used to govern ‘alternate traffic’ on high pollution days.
Unlike the similar German system, the scheme – due to be introduced next January – is voluntary and will not apply to foreign-registered cars.
The stickers will be free for the first six months and €5 thereafter.
Paris is in favour of the scheme, and Grenoble, but Clermont-Ferrand and Aix-en-Provence are reportedly opposed.
Drivers will apply over the internet and have the stickers delivered to their homes.
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