Diesel cars are set to be banned in three major European cities in a bid to clampdown on emissions
Madrid, Paris, and Brussels now have the power to ban diesel cars from their roads.
It follows a decision by the European Court to relax EU emissions limits.
Now, any car that does not comply with the latest Euro 6d TEMP rules could be banned.
As a result, diesel vehicles must emit less than 80mg/km of nitrogen oxides (NOx) to be able to be used.
Euro 6 was introduced in 2007, setting an 80mg/km limit for emissions before it was related again by the EU ahead of the WLTP and Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing procedures introduction in 2017.
This meant that cars could emit up to 168mg/km of NOx.
The decision to do so was made to allow carmakers more time to adapt to the new emissions test.
WLTP and RDE are stricter than the NEDC test they replace. They include more stringent testing and much tighter limits that must be adhered to, therefore, making it harder for car stop pass.
A number of complaints were launched against the decision as it was said to allow “excessively high” local pollution.
The Court now stated that “the commission did not have the power to amend the Euro 6 emissions limits for the new Real Driving Emissions tests”.
In the UK diesel cars are set to be banned by 2040, to meet emissions targets.
As a result, some drivers facing paying up to £500 more to tax their vehicle.
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