Documents considered by the Committee on 2 May 2018 Contents

9L-type vehicle approvals

Committee’s assessment

Politically important

Committee’s decision

Cleared from scrutiny

Document details

(a) Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the effects of the Euro 5 Environmental Step for L category vehicles; (b) Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards the application of the Euro 5 step to the type-approval of two- or three- wheeled vehicles and quadricycles

Legal base

(a)—(b) Article 114 TFEU; QMV; ordinary legislative procedure

Department

Transport

Document Numbers

(a) (39576), 7343/18, COM(18) 136; (b) (39575), 7344/18, COM(18) 137

Summary and Committee’s conclusions

9.1As part of its implementation of a 2013 regulation99 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles, the Commission is required to conduct an environmental study examining the impacts of the proposed step from Euro 4 to Euro 5 emissions limits, which is due to be implemented for all new vehicle types from 1 January 2020. Based on this study, the Commission published a report100 which found that the limits, dates and requirements set out in the Regulation were cost beneficial and technically feasible, but also recommended several areas in which the Regulation could be improved.

9.2The Commission has therefore proposed an amending Regulation101 which would:

9.3In the Government’s Explanatory Memorandum,102 submitted on 17 April 2018, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (Jesse Norman) expressed support for the proposal, on the grounds that the proposed schedule for the implementation of the Euro 5 step will remain unchanged for 95% of L-category vehicles, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, while the other adaptations proposed, particularly for manufacturers of light quadricycles, utility three-wheeled mopeds and enduro and trial motorbikes, will reduce the cost-burden for these operators, many of which are SMEs. The Government also supports phasing out the current method of assessing the durability of the emissions treatment system and the introduction of a more robust and realistic methodology.

9.4We welcome this amending Regulation, which will significantly reduce the short-term financial impacts of Regulation 168/2013 on small and medium sized businesses, allowing a more phased implementation, while ensuring that 95% of L-type vehicles will proceed to implement the Euro 5 step in January 2020 as previously agreed, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality. The proposed changes would have the effect of making current EU Regulation of L-type vehicle approvals more proportionate to the objectives to be achieved.

9.5We clear the draft Regulation from scrutiny.

Full details of the documents

(a) Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council on the effects of the Euro 5 Environmental Step for L category vehicles: (39576), 7343/18, COM(2018) 136; (b) Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards the application of the Euro 5 step to the type-approval of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles: (39575), 7344/18, COM(2018) 137.

Previous Committee Reports

None, but see Committee reports on Regulation 168/2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles: Sixth Report HC 428–vi (2010–11) chapter 4 (3 November 2010); Thirty-eight Report HC 428–xxxiv (2010–11) chapter 3 (19 July 2011); Tenth report HC 86–x (2011–12) chapter 12 (17 July 2012).


99 Regulation 168/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 January 2013 on the approval and market surveillance of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles Text with EEA relevance.

100 Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the council on the effects of the Euro 5 Environmental Step for L-category vehicles COM(2018) 136 final.

101 Proposal 7344/18 for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 as regards the application of the Euro 5 step to the type-approval of two- or three-wheeled vehicles and quadricycles COM(2018) 137 final.

102 Explanatory Memorandum from the Minister, DFT, to the Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee (17 April 2018).




Published: 8 May 2018