Euro 6 B standard New restriction for individuals but not for heavy goods vehicles

Notice to prospective car buyers. From 1 January 2023, no light vehicle that does not comply with the Euro 6 B standard can be approved. Dealers are given a one-year moratorium to liquidate their stock that doesn’t meet the new standards. From January 1, 2024, no vehicle that does not meet this standard will be allowed to be registered. However, other vehicles, especially heavy-duty vehicles, will remain in reserve until January 2026.

Today, there are approximately 6.2 million vehicles in Morocco, with an annual growth rate of 5% for cars and heavy trucks, and almost 20% for 2- and 3-wheelers.

The country has increased its GHG reduction target from 42% to 45.5% by 2030. Transport is an important lever to achieve these goals, esp a heavy burden on the country’s energy bill with 30% and 38% of CO2 emissions total country consumption. Almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels, the sector is also responsible for about 50% of national energy expenditure and contributes up to 20% to the trade deficit.

Stricter rules

Specifically, the new rules will impose maximum limits on emissions of nitrogen oxides and fine particulate matter. Compared to the Euro V standard, the Euro VI standard imposes an additional reduction in limit values ​​of more than 80% for nitrogen oxides, 50% for particulates and 70% for hydrocarbons. For heavy-duty vehicles, nitrogen oxide emissions at 0.4 g/kWh, carbon monoxide emissions at 1.5 g/kWh, hydrocarbon emissions at 0.13 g/kWh, and finally at 0.01 g/kWh is restricted.

Trucks backed up

This transition was originally supposed to apply to all categories of cars from January 1, 2023 to reduce the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions. Heavy vehicle experts also opposed the implementation of this standard. CGEM even asked the Ministry of Control to postpone the transition to this standard for an additional 30 months. After long negotiations, the grace period was set at 24 months. Energy transition expert Mohamed Sefouane regrets this delay. According to him, Morocco still misses the opportunity to go green in terms of mobility, which can not only have a negative impact on the achievement of the expected goals, but also endangers the air quality and therefore the health of the citizens. Percentage of pollution in Morocco.

The expert adds that in cities such as Casablanca, Morocco, Fes, … pollution becomes unbearable, especially due to the circulation of heavy trucks and all types of heat engine vehicles (mainly diesel, Euro-4). The latter are responsible for the phenomenon of greenhouse gas emissions, respiratory disorders and cardiovascular diseases… Euro 4 standards 3.5 g/kWh (8.75 times that allowed by Euro 6 standards), 0.46 g/kW /hour allows for nitrogen oxide emissions. hydrocarbons (3.53 times Euro 6) and 0.02 g/kWh particles (2 times Euro 6) .

Unfounded fears


FDI, the share of reinvested profits in Morocco does not exceed 20%.

Requested by Morocco and Africa Observer, a professional in the road transport sector, explains that operators are already facing many challenges due to the consequences of the Covid crisis and the current international context. “We fear that the adoption of this new standard will be an additional burden and will affect the prices of trucks and logistics costs,” he warns, adding that “the additional time granted today will allow professionals to gradually prepare for the destination.

For Sefouane, the fears of professionals are unfounded. How? “This standard is already applied in Europe. And many imported heavy-duty trucks already meet this new requirement. The impact on prices is not that important”, the expert emphasizes. He also adds, “such new vehicle regulations do not currently force operators to change their fleet of trucks and wagons. On the other hand, they will be required to comply with the standards after their equipment wears out and they buy another one.” Other advantages mentioned by the same expert are that the new Euro-6 car consumes less fuel. Operators will save a lot in this regard. Thus, even if they buy more expensive equipment, they will be able to recover the surplus in terms of cost savings related to diesel consumption.

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