Stricter standards for motorcycles
On 11 December, the Council adopted a regulation laying down new safety and environmental requirements for motorcycles and other L-category motor vehicles (mopeds, quads and small vehicles with three or four wheels).
New motorcycles will have to comply with Euro 4 emission standards as from 2016 and mopeds as from 2017. Before the end of 2016, the Commission will evaluate the air quality and the share of pollutants produced by L-category vehicles, and consider enforcement of Euro 5 emission standards as from 2020.
The new regulation also lays down requirements for the progressive installation of onboard diagnostics systems, which can detect failures and monitor the emission control system.
Source: European Council press release, 11 December 2012