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Euro-1 trucks to stay legal says DOT

30th May 1996, Page 6
30th May 1996
Page 6
Page 6, 30th May 1996 — Euro-1 trucks to stay legal says DOT
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Which of the following most accurately describes the problem?

• Noisier, dirtier trucks will continue to be sold in Britain after the 1 October deadline for the introduction of the Euro-2 emissions standard.

The Department of Transport has confirmed to the Society of Motor Manufactuers and Traders that 1.0"-. of each manufacturer's previous year's regis trations will not have to comply with the new regulations. This is intended to help manufacturers who have not completely switched production to Euro-2.

But the SMMT says that the rule will not please all manufacturers: "The problem is that those who have switched entirely to Euro-2 now feel they will be put at a competitive disadvantage." it says. "Euro-1 vehicles are up to £2000 cheaper and have better fuel economy. These are important advantages in a competitive market." The IOn figure could be reduced if manufacturers persuade the DOT it is too generous, adds the SMMT; it is unlikely to be increased.

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