On 8 November 2011, the Council of the European Union (representing EU Member States) supported a decision already taken in October by the European Parliament, in favour of increased flexibility for the introduction of new engine emissions for mobile machinery.
The revised flexibility clause for construction equipment relates to exhaust emissions of non-road mobile machines (thus also construction equipment). It ensures that technical modifications required to fulfill emissions limits of stage IIIB can be introduced over a longer period of time. The European Parliament accepted the increase of flexibility to 37.5% and also the increase of the fixed quantities with a factor 2.5 as it was requested by the European Commission. This measure will lead to a smooth transition from the engine emission stage IIIA to IIIB but is only valid during the duration of stage IIIA with a maximum of 3 years.
For more information:
– European Commission website:
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– CECE website: