‘Al­most half of cars would fail emis­sions test’

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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.”

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