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Exhaust Emissions

Volume 174: debated on Tuesday 12 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what powers are available to the police and local authorities to curb excessive exhaust emissions from buses, lorries and cars; and if he will make a statement.

[holding answer 11 June 1990]: I refer my hon. Friend to my answer on 20 December last year to the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mrs. Taylor) at column 279.Since then, we have further tightened up emission controls through the regulations laid before the House on 5 June. These require vehicle users to keep the engine in tune and any emission control equipment, such as a catalyst, in good working order. Properly tuned engines not only benefit the community at large by cutting emissions but save fuel and thus cut running costs.