Austria feels EU heat over vehicle pollution

Austria is under pressure from the EU to tone down national policies aimed at cutting road transport pollution. The European court of justice has ruled that emission standards for second-hand cars are illegal, and the European commission is to launch court action against Vienna over a ban on transporting some goods on a key motorway.

The court last week condemned an Austrian requirement for all imported second-hand cars to meet emission standards stricter than those in force when the vehicles were originally registered. Judges said the fact that second-hand vehicles already in Austria did not have to meet the standards made the measure illegal.

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