Air pollution: RCP calls for stricter EU vehicle emission rules

The European commission is consulting the public on changes to European rules on vehicle emissions standards, the so-called 3rd package on Real Driving Emissions (RDE). The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has submitted a joint response with the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European COPD Coalition (ECC) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).

The response welcomes the changes as a ‘timely step’ to address the growing problem of particulate emissions from new generation vehicles which emit many more particles in real world driving conditions than permitted under current rules.

A major report was launched earlier this year by the RCP and the Royal College of  Paediatrics and Child Health entitled ‘Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution’, which called for the strengthening of emissions testing for cars among its recommendations for action.

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