The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) has voted to dilute a proposed law setting fuel efficiency standards for new vans.
The committee voted to change the long term target proposed by the Commission of 135g/km by 2020 to 140g/km; the short term target of 175g/km for 2016 was not changed.
It also voted to reduce the maximum penalties manufacturers pay for failing to meet targets from EUR 120 to EUR 95 per gramme of CO2 exceeded, per van.
In addition, it decided to extend the period for which manufacturers receive 'supercredits', allowing them to sell several gas guzzling vans for every ultra-low emission (eg: electric) van they sell.
The plan to introduce speed limiters on vans was also cancelled, an amendment to the legislation that was proposed by the Parliament's Industry and Transport committees in earlier votes.
Kerstin Meyer, of Transport & Environment, the EU sustainable transport campaign group, said: "This vote is bad news for the millions of companies that could benefit from fuel efficient vans to save on fuel bills. By weakening the long term target, and the penalties, it also sends the wrong signal to the industry."