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Beijing introduces State IV emissions standards on light diesel vehicles

BEIJING — China’s capital city took the lead in introducing State IV emission standards on new light diesel vehicles (light commercial vans, small buses and trucks) beginning January 1, 2007.  
 
Actually, the plan to phase in tougher emissions standards in Beijing (as well as Shanghai and other major cities) before other parts of the country was first implemented in December 2005, when State III emissions standards (equivalent to Euro III) came into effect in the city. 
 
However, the State IV light diesel vehicle policy will have limited impact for the public, as the number of light diesel vehicles is very small due to a general policy to discourage diesel sales in the capital in recent years.  
 
State IV will be required for gasoline and other non-diesel fuel vehicles in 2008, just before the Olympic Games begin.

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