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Study launched on emissions generated by scooters and motorcycles

17:54 23/10/2019

The Brussels-Capital Region is launching a study into the effect of two-wheeled motorised vehicles, like mopeds, motor scooters and motorcycles, on air quality in the capital. The idea is to find out how damaging motorised vehicles other than cars actually are on the environment.

The Bruxelles Environnement agency wants clear data on how much CO2 different kinds of motorised vehicles contribute to air pollution. The initiative follows a study carried out in Paris that showed that two-wheeled motorised vehicles emit up to 10 times more CO2 and up to five times more nitrogen oxide than a car running on petrol.

Stijn Vancuyck of vehicle federation Febiac told Bruzz that mopeds and motor scooters were not stuck in traffic like cars are “and so make shorter trips and are responsible for less emissions than start-and-stop traffic”.

According to Febiac, the Paris study was too narrow. “They based the study only on the most polluting two-wheelers, like motorcycles that accelerate quickly and can travel at fast speeds,” said Vancuyck. “We would ask that the Brussels study be carried out correctly, and that we – whatever the outcome – continue to benefit from the vehicles with the lowest emissions.”

Bruxelles Environnement emphasises that the study is one of several being carried out in the run-up to phasing out diesel-fuelled, and eventually petrol-fuelled, vehicles in the region. Emissions from busses, cars, delivery vans and lorries are also being measured.

Photo: Nicolas Maeterlinck/BELGA

Written by Lisa Bradshaw



And the genius Brussels politicians have just announced a ban on all petrol and diesel cars for 2035. Jumping on the bandwagon, eyes wide shut.

Oct 24, 2019 16:31
Frank Lee

There needs to be a study on potatao-fueled pedestrians as well, as they too emit carbon dioxide and even methane. People should just stay home and breathe as little as possible.

Oct 24, 2019 17:41
Dirk Vanboven

There you go again! First, ban all the people who are cigarettes smokers: people who live, work, commuters in Brussels and tourists. It’s in millions a year even more in pollutions. Then, ban the fritters they also emit co2 pollutions. The politicians are already intoxicated with something if they come up with such ingenious ideas for the tax money we pay. Bravo!

Oct 26, 2019 22:15