‘Almost half of cars would fail emissions test’
ALMOST half of privatelyowned cars in Dundee will fail to meet strict emissions standards to be enforced by 2020.
More than 14,000 diesel and 10,000 petrol vehicles in the city are not compliant with European emission standards, according to a council report.
The European emission standards monitor nitrogen dioxide levels from vehicle exhausts. Low Emission Zones, which are to be introduced in Dundee at the behest of the Scottish Government by the end of 2020, use European emission standards to set a minimum mandatory acceptable level of nitrogen dioxide discharges.
Although Dundee has the fewest number of privatelyowned cars of Scotland’s biggest four cities, 49.4% will not satisfy the requirement of acceptable emissions.
Dundee City Council has given its support for the emission zones’ implementation but said because national model framework outputs will not be available until early next year, no “definitive commitment” on introducing them in the city could be given.
Labour councillor Michael Marra said the figures highlight the volume of work which will need to be done before low emission zones can be finalised in Dundee.
He said: “Council officers have been clear they need more help in implementing these changes. These figures show the scale of the changes which need to be put in place by 2020.
“There are particular challenges which will need to be addressed but it is also an opportunity for the city to take advantage of the possible economic benefits these changes could bring.
“Lowering emissions is an absolute necessity — climate change is a threat to us all.
“The city council has done great work developing its own fleet of electric vehicles and providing electric car infrastructure in the city already but we can’t just sit back on what has been done. Lowering emissions will benefit the city and is our responsibility for future generations.”