People, Environment

DOE to Enforce Euro 5-Compliance

DOE to Enforce Euro 5-Compliance DOE to Enforce Euro 5-Compliance

Based on a government mandate, all domestically-produced vehicles must be Euro 5-compliant starting next year (March 21, 2017), while older cars will have to maintain their Euro 4 compliance.

The Department of Environment will constantly monitor the vehicles throughout the year and ban their production if they fail to meet the standards.

“Currently, 10 models of CNG-powered and eight models of gasoline-powered cars have been banned from receiving number plates due to their failure in meeting standards,” said Saeed Motessadi, deputy for human environment at the DOE, ISNA reported.

Motessadi noted that the vehicles will be able to receive registration numbers once the DOE confirms the shortcomings have been addressed.

European emission standards define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in EU and EEA member states. The emission standards are defined in a series of European Union directives staging the progressive introduction of increasingly stringent standards.

Since September 2014, Euro 6 standards have become obligatory for all light passenger and commercial vehicles in the EU states.

Iran is following the European standard to tackle its pollution woes, especially in metropolises. The government has been distributing Euro 4 gasoline in eight major cities across the country since last year, which has helped increase the number of clean days, according to data provided by DOE.

According to Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of DOE, Tehran has had 77 more clean days this year (until mid-August) compared with the same period in 2013.