The European Commission intends to launch infringement proceedings against Germany this week over the country’s passenger car tolls, causing Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt to attack the “sweeping criticism from Brussels”. EURACTIV Germany reports.
The European Commission is proposing tougher vehicle testing rules that for the first time would require inspections of all motorcycles and scooters. The move comes as the number of road deaths spiked in recent months.
Ambitious vehicle noise reduction proposals would enable eight million people to sleep soundly, cut noise annoyance by 39% and save €326 billion over 20 years, a Dutch research group says in a new report.
Cycling is not only good for the health, but can also help tackle global challenges like climate change and oil dependency, specialists argued at the world 'Velo-City' conference in Brussels this week.
The Commission has decided to introduce Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) on all new vehicles from 2011 onwards in a bid to increase road safety using energy-efficient technology, it announced on 24 September.
The German government may push for the inclusion of automobiles in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme as an alternative to imposing sanctions on carmakers that exceed future CO2 emissions caps for vehicles.
New rules on vehicle manufacturing standards, backed by the Parliament on 10 May 2007, should raise environmental and safety measures while making it easier for producers to sell their vehicles across the 27 EU member states.