European Court backs Brussels over diesel emission limitsFriday, 14 December 2018 09:55
That number will go down to 120mg/km in 2021, but that is still substantially higher than the base 80mg/km limit.
The European Court has now declared the exception invalid, reasoning that the Commission was acting outside of its authority in making the change. The case was brought by Brussels, Madrid and Paris, three capital cities that are working to reduce diesel emissions, and who saw the more flexible limits as an undermining of their efforts – “permission to pollute,” as the complaint put it. Brussels mayor Philippe Close described the verdict as “a great victory” for the three cities on Twitter.
The existing higher limits for new vehicles will remain in force for the time being. The Commission has been given one year to bring the rules into line. The authorities in Paris had requested symbolic damages of one euro, a request which the Court rejected.
The Brussels Times
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