§ Mr. Patrick Thompson
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further steps he is taking to reduce vehicle emissions; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
Draft amendments to the construction and use regulations were published on 1 December.
The new regulations will mean that virtually all new cars from 1992 onwards will be fitted with catalysts. They set for the first time in the United Kingdom, specific requirements for the user of a vehicle to keep the engine in tune and any emission control equipment in working order.
Cars and lorries need to be designed to meet much tighter emission limits. It is equally important for drivers to recognise their responsibility to keep vehicles properly tuned to keep emissions down. These new regulations will make this responsibility clear.