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Motor Scooters

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what limits he imposes on emissions from motor scooters; and if he will take action to remove from public roads the most polluting motor scooters. (116946)

Emission limits for motorcycles and mopeds are set by European Union (EU) Directive 97/24/EC, as amended by 2002/51/EC. These directives set mandatory emission limits for new motorcycles and mopeds. Three successive stages of emissions limits were introduced for motorcycles and two for mopeds. All new machines must now meet the following emissions limits:

g/km

Carbon monoxide

Hydrocarbons

Oxides of nitrogen

Motorcycles

2.0

0.8

0.15

Mopeds

1.0

11.2

1 HC+NOx

There are no plans to remove particular motorcycles or mopeds from the roads. New vehicle emissions limits combined with normal fleet turnover ensure that higher emitting vehicles are removed from the fleet over time.

Motorcycles and mopeds continue to be a very small contributor to total road transport emissions.