Tractor makers may get more time to cut pollution

Cuts in research and development due to the recession mean that tractor makers will need more time to meet stricter emission limits, the European Commission has said in a legislative proposal published last week by the Council of Ministers.

A 2000 directive sets limits on carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon, nitrogen oxides and particulate emissions from agricultural and forestry tractors. Existing limits, known as stage III A, will be replaced with the more stringent ones from January.

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