21 Mar 1997

Motor vehicle emission regulations and fuel specifications. Part 2: Detailed information and historic review (1970-1996)

Report no. 6/97: This report details the development of world-wide legislation and regulations governing motor vehicle emissions, fuel specifications and fuel consumption from circa 1970 to 1996. It describes legislation on emissions limits and emissions testing, vehicle inspection and maintenance programmes and legislation aimed at controlling in-service emissions performance, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, plus automotive fuel specifications and fuel characteristics.This comprehensive work of reference should be read in conjunction with Part 1, which has been issued as a separate volume.

Part 1 summarises the most important legislation, either in place or shortly to be enacted. It is therefore intended that Part 1 will be updated annually, whereas this report - which reviews the history of automotive emissions legislation - will be revised at appropriate, longer term intervals.