The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association made its concerns public after the European parliament’s environmental committee rejection of the softer emissions rules.
ACEA has released a statement in which it says it takes note with caution of the resolution on real driving emissions that was voted two days ago by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee. This resolution opposes the adoption of the European Commission’s draft regulation on softer emission test, calling on the Commission to submit a new proposal by 1 April 2016 latest. The member states had voted the new rules during a meeting with the European Commission’s regulatory committee in late October.
“Member states voted to support a tough compromise text on real driving emissions, with an ambitious timeline for implementation, especially when considering the product life-cycle in the automobile industry,” ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert said. “Despite this tremendous challenge, the industry urgently needs clarity so it can plan the development and design of vehicles in line with the new rules requirements. If this legislation was to be delayed, the complete real world tests roadmap would be put in jeopardy,” he added.
ACEA says the purpose of the new emission rules is to bridge the gap between the current laboratory emissions test and the very different conditions experienced on the road. “A rejection of the member states’ decision by the European Parliament in January would increase uncertainty for the industry and leave little time to make the necessary changes to vehicles and assembly lines,” stated Jonnaert. “Ultimately, it would delay the benefits for the environment.”