What are Euro emissions ratings and why should I care?

What are Euro emissions ratings and why should I care?

All new vehicles sold within the European Union have to meet increasingly tough emissions standards in order to help combat pollution. The Euro ratings go from 'no rating' up to 'Euro 6' which is currently (as of Apr 2019) the strictest and cleanest rating. As of 2019 many European cities are introducing 'Clean Air Zones' which are designed to cut down on harmful pollution from traffic. The conditions of entry vary from zone to zone but most will require a small daily fee to be paid if you are driving a non compliant vehicle into the designated area. Most Clean Air Zones across Europe are currently set up to charge vehicles that are below a Euro 5 or Euro 6 emissions standard. A number of Clean Air Zones have had ongoing issues with recognizing and allocating the correct Euro ratings to vehicles, so it is very important to check the compliance of the vehicle you are driving with each Clean Air Zone you enter. The fines for entering with a non compliant vehicle can be significant and checking your vehicle's compliance can usually be done quickly and easily online.