France loosens pollution rules for some lorries

A French decree published on Sunday has delayed the introduction of stricter air emission standards Euro IV and V for 44-tonne lorries transporting agricultural goods. The change follows months of lobbying by road haulage associations.

These lorries are allowed on the French territory since January. A decree adopted that month said they would have to comply with Euro IV standards from 1 October 2011. But road hauliers complained, saying said the deadline was too tight.

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