HC Deb 17 May 1999 vol 331 cc247-8W
Mr. Jim Cunningham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what efforts the Government are making to ensure adequate labelling of fuel-efficient cars. [83987]

Ms Glenda Jackson

New models of cars on sale are required to have a label affixed showing both fuel consumption information for that model, measured according to relevant official tests, and indicating the availability for inspection of the results of official tests of fuel consumption on all other new models of cars in the

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United Kingdom which have been subject to such tests, and which dealers are required to provide. Such information is contained in the Department's bi-annual publication "New Car Fuel Consumption Figures" which also contains information on CO2 emissions.

A similar labelling scheme is also planned at EU level which will require labels which show CO2 emissions to be placed on vehicles, posters in the showroom and the inclusion of this information in promotional literature to inform the consumer and influence purchasing decisions.

The Cleaner Vehicle Task Force is investigating the production of new labels showing environmental information. The Task Force has recommended that more work is needed on the feasibility of adopting an environmental rating system for vehicles to show comparative performance on several parameters including fuel efficiency. Research is under way on this subject and is expected to be completed by Spring 2000.