Paris and London team up on air pollution monitoring

The Mayors of Paris and London have given their backing to a new initiative which measures the on-road emissions from vehicles.

The Cleaner Vehicle Tracker, which will be available from the Autumn, will deliver accurate emissions performance data for most new cars and vans in both cities.

It utilizes a website to provides an emissions scoring tool for new cars and vans using on-the-road and real-world emissions testing provided by Emissions Analytics and the International Council of Clean Transportation (ICCT).

The Cleaner Vehicle Checker will show drivers how much toxic NOx new cars emit, helping them to choose and buy less polluting vehicles. This scheme will put an end to the smoke and mirrors that have been employed in official emissions tests.

Consumers will be able to type in the model of the new car or van they are considering buying and find out more about its actual ‘on the road’ emissions. This will: 

*Help people make an informed choice and minimise the number of ‘more polluting’ vehicles being bought and used in London

  • Help consumers recognise the environmental benefits of switching to zero or ultra-low emission vehicles and encourage their purchase
  • Encourage manufacturers to produce vehicles that conform to the EU’s full ‘real-world driving emissions’ standards much sooner than when legally required by 2021
  • Provide a free ‘health check’ service to London fleet operators to understand how their current fleet performs and where significant improvements could be made, and
  • Create a tool to allow the Greater London Authority Group and local authorities to lead by example and only buy or lease the cleanest vehicles.

The new schemes were announced by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, as they met with representatives from major car manufacturers to discuss the need for tougher Euro standard testing and a switch to zero and ultra-low emission vehicles.

Similar schemes could also be rolled out in other global cities under the C40 coalition, which is focused on tackling climate change.

By having ‘on the road’ testing I believe we will help Londoners make an informed choice and incentivise manufacturers to build cleaner vehicles sooner, said London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

“This scheme is also a fantastic example of how big cities around the world can pool their expertise and their influence to encourage big industry to clean up its act. The toxicity of the air in London and many other big cities is an outrage, and schemes of the type we are introducing in London and Paris have the potential to make a massive difference to the quality of the air we all breathe.”

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March 30, 2017
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