EU’s mandatory diesels even more poisonous below 18C

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Millyonthefloss2 Wed 22-Jun-16 08:36:36

Today in the BBC - Diesel cars that have been encouraged and enforced by the EU are even more poisonous than we thought:
“Testing company Emissions Analytics told the BBC it has measured a significant rise in poisonous gas emissions from a wide range of models as the temperature drops. It found the problem is worst among the Euro 5 category of cars, which became mandatory in 2011.”
Why does it matter?
Pollution has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems and premature babies. There is a suggestion that children going to school near busy roads may develop smaller lungs.
Professor Frank Kelly at King's College London:
"On average we think pollution is probably taking away about six months of life for the average British citizen," he says
www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36589106
Why is the EU to blame?
Baroness Jenny Jones of the Green Party “The EU is at the mercy of big corporates and private interest groups. For example, look at the influence over many years of the car industry in pushing diesel, which has helped to poison the air in many of our towns and cities.”
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/08/eu-reform-green-brexit

Mistigri Wed 22-Jun-16 09:37:15

It is no longer legal to manufacture and sell cars meeting Euro 5 emissions limits.

And the fact that we have emissions legislation for diesel vehicles is primarily down to the EU anyway. When I lived in London in the 1990s, diesels didn't require any emissions treatment at all, and as a cyclist I can tell you that air quality was appalling.

shinytorch2 Wed 22-Jun-16 09:52:03

Well, unless you are VW in which case you just fiddle the admissions data and presto! carry on selling. Quick slap on the hand and they're back in business.

BreakingDad77 Wed 22-Jun-16 10:08:26

There is ABSOLUTLY nothing stopping the UK government from bringing in restrictions, as you can already see by the emissions zones around London.

But hey ho lets blame the EU

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