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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