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Order of the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Public Works of ......, No IENW/BSK-2019/*, amending the Vehicles order [Regeling voertuigen] to enable inspection of particulate filters with a particle counter and to apply certain other technical amendments.

Notification Number: 2019/328/NL (Netherlands)
Date received: 08/07/2019
End of Standstill: 09/10/2019

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Message 002

Communication from the Commission - TRIS/(2019) 01840
Directive (EU) 2015/1535
Translation of the message 001
Notification: 2019/0328/NL

No abre el plazo - Nezahajuje odklady - Fristerne indledes ikke - Kein Fristbeginn - Viivituste perioodi ei avata - Καμμία έναρξη προθεσμίας - Does not open the delays - N'ouvre pas de délais - Non fa decorrere la mora - Neietekmē atlikšanu - Atidėjimai nepradedami - Nem nyitja meg a késéseket - Ma’ jiftaħx il-perijodi ta’ dawmien - Geen termijnbegin - Nie otwiera opóźnień - Não inicia o prazo - Neotvorí oneskorenia - Ne uvaja zamud - Määräaika ei ala tästä - Inleder ingen frist - Не се предвижда период на прекъсване - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare - Nu deschide perioadele de stagnare.

(MSG: 201901840.EN)

1. Structured Information Line
MSG 002 IND 2019 0328 NL EN 08-07-2019 NL NOTIF


2. Member State
NL


3. Department Responsible
Ministerie van Financiën
Belastingdienst/Douane centrale dienst voor in- en uitvoer


3. Originating Department
Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat


4. Notification Number
2019/0328/NL - T40T


5. Title
Order of the State Secretary for Infrastructure and Public Works of ......,
No IENW/BSK-2019/*, amending the Vehicles order [Regeling voertuigen] to enable inspection of particulate filters with a particle counter and to apply certain other technical amendments.


6. Products Concerned
The draft Order pertains to diesel vehicles fitted with a particulate filter by the manufacturer. This covers diesel passenger vehicles, diesel industrial vehicles and diesel buses.


7. Notification Under Another Act
-


8. Main Content
A new permanent requirement is added to the Vehicles order stating that if a vehicle has a particulate filter, the latter must work properly. Proper functioning of the particulate filter is checked by measuring the number of particles per cubic centimetre in the exhaust.

The exhaust from a diesel vehicle with particulate filter, with idle engine, shall not contain more than 1 000 000 particles per cubic centimetre for vehicles up to year of manufacturer 2014, or 250 000 particles per cubic centimetre for vehicles starting from year of manufacturer 2015. The requirement for 250 000 particles per cubic centimetre is three to five times less stringent than the Euro-5b standard for particulate emissions of 600 000 000 000 particles per kilometre.

This draft Order is intended to set down the measurement procedure for effective verification of the functioning of particulate filters in diesel vehicles with a particle counter. This makes this test available to inspection stations of the Netherlands Vehicle Authority [RDW] and for police roadside inspections. For the time being, this requirement shall not be tested during the general periodic inspection [APK].


9. Brief Statement of Grounds
The new requirements are necessary in light of the adverse impact of air pollution on public health. These are requirements related to the presence and appropriateness of particulate filters in diesel vehicles. For this reason, the selected measures are proportionate (i.e.: necessary in order to reduce air pollution from particulate emissions from diesel vehicles) and do not pose an unnecessary burden.

The Netherlands sets these requirements on all vehicles in the country - regardless of origin - after their commissioning, to minimise the adverse impact of pollutant emissions on public health. The requirements are therefore non-discriminatory. The Vehicles order includes a mutual recognition clause for approval of measurement equipment.

Air pollution is a major contributor to illness and death. Exposure to particulate matter alone is responsible for around 4 % of the burden of disease in the Netherlands. Thus, after smoking (13 %), air pollution is one of the biggest risk factors, on the same order of magnitude as obesity (5 %) and physical inactivity (3-4 %).

Particulate filters are highly effective at trapping particulate matter. Diesel vehicles with a defective or removed particulate filter can emit over 1 000 times the number of particles as diesel vehicles with a properly functioning filter. Starting from year of manufacture 2008, almost all diesel passenger vehicles in the Netherlands have been fitted with a particulate filter by the manufacturer. For delivery vans, this applies starting from year of manufacture 2010, and for trucks from year of manufacture 2014.

If a particulate filter is permanently clogged, maintenance shall be required in the form of external cleaning or replacement with a new filter. Particulate filters are removed to save on maintenance costs. In addition, particulate filters may become defective. Measuring the number of particles in the exhaust from a diesel vehicle with an idle engine is an effective method to verify the functioning of the particulate filter. The test is quick and easy to perform with a particle counter.

A diesel vehicle with particulate filter removed emits approx. 5 000 000 particles per cubic centimetre. The standard value of 1 000 000 particles per cubic centimetre for vehicles up to and including 2014 generally corresponds to approx. 20 % of particles passing through. The standard value of 250 000 particles per cubic centimetre for vehicles starting from 2015 means that approx. 5 % of the particles pass through.

This draft regulation also provides a basis for introducing the particulate filter check with a particle counter as a mandatory part of the general periodic inspection [APK]. The portion of defective and removed particulate filters in diesel passenger cars subject to the APK with a particulate filter installed by the manufacturer is estimated at 8 to 10 %. The current APK does not effectively inspect for particulate filters.

The aspirational date for introduction of the particulate filter check with particle counter in the APK is 2021. Earlier is not possible because particle counters specially developed for the APK must be made available on the market first. Currently, approx. ten manufacturers are working to develop particle counters for the periodic technical vehicle inspection.


10. Reference Documents - Basic Texts
Numbers or titles of the basic texts: Vehicles order: https://wetten.overheid.nl/BWBR0025798/2018-05-20

The basic texts were forwarded with an earlier notification: 2008/0455/NL


11. Invocation of the Emergency Procedure
No


12. Grounds for the Emergency
-


13. Confidentiality
No


14. Fiscal measures
No


15. Impact assessment
Information on the impact assessment is available in the general part of the explanatory memorandum to the draft order under Section 3. Administrative burden


16. TBT and SPS aspects
TBT aspect

No - the draft has no significant impact on international trade.

SPS aspect

No - the draft is neither a sanitary nor phytosanitary measure

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