EU updates rules on use of heavy metals in vehicle production
The EU has announced exemptions to a general ban on the use of six heavy metals in vehicles. The Council decision alters a list of exemptions passed under a 2002 vehicles directive.
ENDS reports that the use of nickel cadmium (NiCad) batteries in electric vehicles will be extended by a further three years (until July 2008).
The use of lead in valve seats and in vulcanising agents and stabilisers in certain applications is also extended by a further year to July 2006.
Other deadlines on certain uses of heavy metals have been brought forward, or tightened further.
ACEA, the European carmakers' association, generally welcomed the new exemptions list but said it still wanted some of the exemptions to include spare parts.
EU - Council decision link
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