'Green car' league tables start

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19 January 2004, MADRID – New rules making drivers more aware of the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of cars came into force Monday.

19 January 2004

MADRID – New rules making drivers more aware of the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of cars came into force Monday.

Car dealers must also include the official fuel consumption rate expressed in litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions as grammes per kilometre of each type of car.

They must make a free guide available to buyers detailing the same information.

Under the change in the regulations, car dealers must clearly show the performance of cars in salesrooms and other points of sale.

The information must be visible on posters or electronic screens.

The dealers must update all posters every six months so the information is still accurate. Electronic screens have to be updated on a quarterly basis.

If this message is displayed on an electronic screen, it must be permanently visible and eye-catching in order to comply with the rules.

Another message, which must be shown, reads: "Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions do not depend solely on vehicle performance – driving habits and other technical factors apply.

"CO2 is the main gas responsible for the greenhouse effect on the environment".

All car models will be put in a new ‘league table’ and grouped according to petrol or diesel consumption with the car models’ CO2 emission from lowest to highest.

According to these tables, the car that consumes the least fuel will be first on the list.

All holders of Spanish driving licences were sent booklets to inform them of the changes.

But holders of foreign licences may not be aware of this change which is designed to make Spanish drivers aware of the environmental effects of the cars that they buy.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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