Public transport fleet buyers will have to insist that environmental conditions are met before any vehicle procurement deals are agreed, if EU ministers get their way.
The ministers reached a “general approach” on a proposed directive that would mean only clean and energy efficient road vehicles would be allowed in tender requirements.
The proposal means public authorities and providers of public road transport must take into account the energy consumption ratio, CO2 emissions and other pollutants of vehicles before they purchase.
The proposal is based on commitments undertaken by the European Council in March 2007 regarding market and industry promotion by introducing clean and energy-efficient vehicles.
The Minister said “this will be an example to citizens to use clean and energy efficient vehicles” as well as promoting “technology development and production of a more environmentally friendly means of transport”.