Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Beijing will impose stricter vehicle emission regulations this year amid public discontent over air pollution, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the city’s economic planning agency.
Cars will be required to meet the National 5 vehicle emission standard, equivalent to the Euro 5 standard applied to passenger and light vehicles in the European Union, Xinhua said, citing the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform. The standard will be raised to the equivalent of Euro 6 by 2016, the report said.
The commission didn’t provide an exact timetable for enforcement, Xinhua said, and cars already sold won’t be required to comply with the rules, it said.
The planning agency said the move is aimed at controlling exhaust pollutants from automobiles as the Chinese capital steps up efforts to curb air pollution, Xinhua said. Vehicle emissions account for more than a fifth of the city’s PM2.5 particulates, according to the commission.
The number of registered vehicles in Beijing exceeded 5 million this month, Xinhua said.
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