MEPs remain firm on motorbike pollution

Environment committee renews call for agreement now on tough 2006 emission limits

The European parliament and EU governments could be heading for conciliation talks over air pollution from motorcycles after the assembly's environment committee yesterday renewed a demand for immediate agreement on binding 2006 emission limits.

The parliament demanded the same step at its first reading of the draft directive tightening motorcycle emission standards (EED 16/02/2001). But EU governments rejected this, agreeing instead to delay a decision until a globally-harmonised "test cycle" for measuring emissions from two-wheelers was developed (EED 08/03/01).

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