The European Parliament voted in favour of tougher limits on harmful exhaust emissions from trucks, lorries and buses during its plenary session of 16 December 2008.
The new 'Euro VI' regulation lays down harmonised technical rules, which all new heavy vehicles (over 2,610 kg) will have to comply with to get market approval.
The text adopted by the House is a compromise agreed between Parliament and Council representatives in November. It backs the European Commission's original proposals for cuts in nitrogen oxides and particle matter. The Parliament's environment committee earlier in the summer backed slightly lower targets, but called for their earlier entry into force (EurActiv 17/07/08).
The new 'Euro VI' emission limits, which will replace the current 'Euro V' emission limits in place since October 2008, will apply to new heavy goods vehicles as of 1 January 2014, nine months earlier than the Commission had originally proposed.