Iveco urges enforcement of science-based green regulations 19 July 2010

Iveco has called for scientifically based technical regulations to be enforced, to help outline the future path for road transport vehicles in relation to CO2 levels.

The call comes from Sam Burman, senior vice president, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, who highlights a number of factors that need work in the industry, to make a difference, in terms of clean air policy and becoming greener.

Burman was presenting a paper at a technology workshop, promoting the forthcoming IAA Commercial Vehicle Show, which takes place from 23 to 30 September 2010 in Hanover, Germany.

Burman also called for a European Industrial Policy where R&D activities could be prioritised and funded centrally in place of individual Member State initiatives which he warned could be subject to national interests, and which could result in market distortions.

During his presentation, the Iveco man also addressed the slow rate of vehicle fleet renewal, which he warned is resulting in a disproportionate number of older vehicles still in operation. As a result, he said, society isn't fully benefiting from the huge improvements of low exhaust emissions and fuel economy that modern commercial vehicles offer.

Burman also drew attention to the fact that any new traction technology is likely to have an unladen vehicle weight higher than the equivalent diesel engine- mechanical transmission power train, which, he said, could detract from their appeal to fleet operators.

John Challen

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