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India and Euro Norms (II)

Alternate Fuel Clean Fuel What is Auto Pollution?
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India and Euro Norms (II) Pollution hazards and human health

Why does Euro Norms have to be restricted to certain pockets in the country?


Euro II
Meanwhile, emission from 18 million vehicles all over the country in 1996 was 43,000 tonnes per day from 32 million vehicles. The projected figures for 2000 are 63,000 tonnes per day from 65 million vehicles.

On-road emissions can be brought down by 80% by good care, tuning and cleaning of vehicle engines, by inspection and maintenance, by good emission worthy fuels and by good roads and traffic management. Good care and maintenance mean periodical tuning (once in 3 months) cleaning of carbon deposits (once in 3 months), overhauling carburetor and fuel (once in 6 months) and so on.

The solution lies in collaboration among the automotive and oil companies. Notably the European Programme on Emission, Fuels and Engines Technology has amply recognised this view, which addresses the vehicle and fuel system as a whole.

Better roads and traffic management also brings down the emission level by 15 - 20 %
On- road Vehicle Emission
Year Before Control Strategy After Control Strategy
1989 26,000 5,200
1996 43,000 8,600
2000 63,000 12,600
Catalytic Converters have become mandatory since 1995 for all passenger cars that increase efficiency by upto 80 - 90 % with the use of fuel injection, oxygen sensor and electronic engine management. They also substantially reduce emissions of carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons.

An important factor, when it comes to combating pollution is the age of the vehicle. Indian laws, whether it is the Central Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 or the Central Motor Vehicles Rules of 1989, place no limit on the age of vehicles plying on Indian roads and also lack any provisions dealing with the scraping of old commercial vehicles.

In the meanwhile, the Supreme Court's directives on the application of Euro Norms do not apply to old, personalized vehicles.

Euro II norms are very much a reality now, so much so that the latest advertising fad is that the automobile is "Euro II compliant". For the sake of all those who have been able to brave the pollution, it is time they had a reprieve.
Alternate Fuel Clean Fuel What is Auto Pollution?
Emission Standards Euro Norms India and Euro Norms
India and Euro Norms (II) Pollution hazards and human health


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