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Questionnaire: Is Your Car European Emission Compliant?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 29 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
 
Low Emission Zones Emission Standards

Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are common in certain areas of Europe, notably Germany, Holland, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The UK currently has one LEZ in London. LEZs were introduced to prevent vehicles with high emissions from travelling through the zones, or imposing fines on drivers whose vehicles exceed the limits so that air quality can be improved. For cars that were registered before 2001, you should be able to find your car's CO2 emissions on your V5C registration certificate.

If you plan to travel through some of Europe's LEZs, take our quiz to see whether your car is likely to be compliant with European emission guidelines. The correct answers for each question can be found at the end of the quiz.

Q1: Which vehicles are affected by emission standards in German LEZs?

A) All vehicles except motorcycles

B) Heavy goods vehicles only

C) Diesel vehicles only

Q2: Even if your car meets the emission standard for the German LEZ through which you will be travelling, what else do you need to do to ensure that it is fully compliant?

A) Pay a charge before entering the LEZ

B) Buy a sticker that indicates your car's emission standard to display on your windscreen

C) Register your car

D) All of the above

Q3: Which vehicles are affected by emission standards in Dutch LEZs?

A) Diesel vehicles only

B) Heavy good vehicles only

C) All vehicles except motorcycles

Q4: Until January 2010, what are the emission standards in Dutch LEZs?

A) Euro 3 standard vehicles (2000)

B) Euro 4 standard vehicles (2005)

C) Euro 2 vehicles (2000) or Euro 3 vehicles (2000) standard with particulate filter, or Euro 4 standard vehicles (2005)

Q5: Which vehicles are affected by emission standards in Norway?

A) Heavy goods vehicles only (such as lorries)

B) Heavy duty vehicles (such as lorries, coaches and buses)

C) All vehicles except motorcycles

Q6: Which vehicles are affected by emission standards in the London LEZ?

A) Lorries, coaches, buses, minibuses and some specialist vehicles

B) All vehicles except motorcycles

C) Heavy goods vehicles only (such as lorries)

Q7: Until January 2010, what are the emission standards in the London LEZ?

A) Euro 4 standard vehicles (2005)

B) Euro 2 standard vehicles (1996)

C) Euro 3 standard vehicles (2000)

Q8: Even if your car meets the emission standard for the London LEZ, what else do you need to do to ensure that it is fully compliant?

A) Buy a sticker that indicates your car's emission standard to put on your windscreen

B) Register your car with Transport for London (TfL)

C) Pay a charge before entering the LEZ

D) All of the above

Q9: Which vehicles are expected to be affected by the emission standards in Danish LEZs(that came into force in Autumn 2008)?

A) Diesel vehicles over 3.5 tonnes

B) Heavy goods vehicles

C) All vehicles except motorcycles

Q10: Which vehicles are affected by emission standards in Italian LEZs?

A) All vehicles, excluding motorcycles

B) Heavy goods vehicles only

C) All vehicles, including motorcycles

Q11: Which vehicles are currently affected by emission standards in Swedish LEZs?

A) All vehicles that are less than 6 years old, or 6-8 years old if Euro 2 standard vehicles (1996) or better

B) All vehicles except motorcycles

C) Heavy goods vehicles only

Correct Answers

Q1: A, Q2: B, Q3: B, Q4: C, Q5: B, Q6: A, Q7: C, Q8: A, Q9: B, Q10: C, Q11: A

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