New safety standards threaten eco-friendly cars

Almost two thirds of low-emission cars will not have their ‘green status’ after plans to up safety standards come into play.

The cars will now need to get five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests. The Government officials at the Swedish Road Administration (SRA) will, as of next year, have stricter definitions of ‘green’ cars. The SRA warns that because of the new rules 60 per cent of the cars might get knocked off the line-up for car manufacturers.

The new rules would also encourage different, more responsible buying styles from the people in the UK.

The cars bought from January by the Swedish Government will only be considered ‘green’ if they achieve a 5 star rating for adult production and a 2 star Euro NCAP rating for pedestrian safety.

Some cars will be excluded from this, such as the Honda Civic Hybrid which scored a 4 star adult protection rating, and other cars such as the Saab 9-3 BioPower will have to be reclassified.

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