EU to Impose Speed Limiters on Vans and Light Trucks
The recommendation comes in a paper setting out the European Parliament's preliminary stance on cutting carbon emissions from vans. The Parliament and the EU's 27 member countries are expected to decide on a final deal in the coming weeks.
"One way to tackle the problem would be to have mandatory speed limiters for light commercial vehicles. These vehicles are almost exclusively used for commercial purposes and do not need to exceed 120 km per hour," reads the document.
"The technology is available to do this, it is a cheap and effective way of immediately lowering emissions and many commercial organizations retro-fit them to their vehicles," adds the EU’s report.
The European Commission has proposed cutting van emissions to 175 grams of carbon dioxide per km by 2016, about 14 percent below the 2007 benchmark of 203 grams. By 2020, manufacturers would have to cut by about a third to 135 grams per km, but the parliament report recommends easing that target to 150 grams.
The Commission proposed that manufacturers that fail to meet the standards should face penalties of 120 euros per gram of CO2 per car, but the parliament's report proposes easing that to 95 euros, the same level already set for cars.
"The Commission proposal does not contain any justifications for higher penalties," it says.