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July 8, 2015

BELGIUM: Auto industry urges end to diesel ‘political restrictions’

Europe' s most powerful automotive bodies have written an open letter to Brussels policymakers highlighting what they believe to be political measures aimed at restricting the roll-out of new generation diesel technologies.

Europe’ s most powerful automotive bodies have written an open letter to Brussels policymakers highlighting what they believe to be political measures aimed at restricting the roll-out of new generation diesel technologies.

CLEPA, ACEA and the Emissions Control Association presidents as well as FuelsEurope representing the European petroleum refining industry, have penned the missive to the EC, and the Brussels Parliament and Council. “Fleet renewal offers the most effective way to improve air quality,” notes the letter. “As older cars and trucks are replaced by newer models, emissions from road transport will fall as the latest emission-reducing technologies enter the market.

“With a common EU policy framework that encourages the more rapid adoption of the latest low-emissions technologies, but taking into account necessary industry lead-time, we will help improve air quality in real driving conditions, while at the same time continuing to meet current CO2 targets.”

Pointing out that political measures restricting the roll-out of the new generation of diesel technology would undermine existing efforts to cut CO2 emissions, the associations called on policy makers to help accelerate fleet renewal and the introduction of the cleanest vehicles.

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