The European Union is placing new restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions for commercial vans in an effort to reduce fuel costs and eliminate the heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change.
The European parliament voted Tuesday for new limits that will require auto manufacturers to reduce CO2 emissions by 14 percent by 2017, AFP reports. A 28 percent reduction from 2007 levels would follow in 2020.
Beginning in 2019, auto makers who break the rule will receive a fine of 95 euros for each gram per kilometer that exceeds the limit.
The regulations will apply to new light commercial vehicles, 12 percent of which are vans, AFP reports.
The European Commission, the parliament and governments have signed off on the measure. It will go into effect within the next few weeks after EU states approve it.