EU rules for CO2 warnings on new cars

Article date: 24 June 2008

  • What about used vehicles? calls HPI

HPI applauds the government's move to make CO2 emissions information clear on new cars, but calls for the same measures to be applied to the used car market. Under the new guidelines* from the Department for Transport (DfT) all promotional literatures, must include CO2 emission information, however these guidelines only apply to new car sales. An HPI Check includes a free CO2 certificate providing vital information to used car buyers looking to make greener choices and reduce their tax bills. The certificate highlights the level of CO2 emissions a vehicle creates, using the industry standard CO2 emissions rating.

"We support the new DfT guidelines, as it is an important step towards helping consumers make informed decisions when buying a car," explains Daniel Burgess, automotive director for HPI. "However, new cars are only part of the story, the guidelines could go further and include the used car market, which saw sales of 1.89 million vehicles sold in the first three months of this year**."

Car emissions are only part of the story, as buying a used car bargain could land consumers with a huge tax liability. With tighter restrictions on the London low emission zone coming into effect on 7 July, HPI's CO2 sheets offer drivers a way to ensure they won't have to pay increased charges.

"Of course the HPI Check also plays a huge role in protecting consumers and dealers alike from the risk of buying a car hiding a dark past, confirming whether its has been stolen, written off or is on outstanding finance. With CO2 emissions at the top of everyone's agenda, HPI aims to help used car buyers reduce their carbon foot print, keep running costs down and stay on the road to a greener future."


* EU law states that car manufacturers must include CO2 emission information on all ‘promotional literature'. Previously, the DfT interpreted this as applicable to brochures, letters or other material with ‘significant textual content'. Posters and some print adverts were excluded as they were primarily ‘graphical'. Pressure from environmental groups means the DfT has expanded its guidelines to include print adverts with little text.

**Figures SMMT June 2008

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