--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
, nhasior@a... wrote:
Bill & All,
Whereas 15 and 30 years ago the EU standards for emissions lagged
behind ours, today "These (EU) standards have been subsequently
strengthened several times, and some of the EU's most recent
standards are more stringent than those of the US, which has not
tightened them for more than a decade. "
That is from
which will tell you more than you ever wished to know about how the
standards have developed. Their conclusion goes along pretty well
with my own experience. I hired on for a US federal job in Germany
in 1987 and had to remove my catalytic converter before shipping my
car overseas. That resulted from an outdated US concept that
unleaded gas was not to be had in Germany. Then in 1991 I drove to
Slovakia with this car and with only a little care found unleaded
gas to be had. Rather than any in Stara Lubovna, the roadside
station in Podolinec had unleaded at that time.
The Euro standards for safety have also improved dramatically and
they argue that some of their tests have greater relevance to real
safety than the standard US tests do. That argument goes on even
within one industry in one country, trying to establish the most
relevant standard. It is only incidental, of course, if the
standard favors one's own business!
Skoda: In 1982 I rented a Skoda on another trip and even though I
had driven a four cylinder Datsun pickup for ten years, the Skoda
set a new standard for underpowered vehicles. You had to judge your
distance, hit the gas and let the motor wind up, and then initiate
your passing. It made for some interesting driving!
Bringing foreign cars into the US sometimes does not depend upon
emissions but rather on protectionism. I bought a Dodge Neon from
an Army civilian & carefully checked that the VIN began with a 1 ..
made in North America. That was great until it arrived in Anchorage
and I tried to take it in for emissions inspection. No one could
legally test it because the US emissions sticker was not on the
driver's door. It was a Canadian standard. Everyone acknowledged
that the car met US standards, but they could not test it by law.
Chrysler refused to help as they figured I was a "gray marketer"
trying to buy cheap Canadian and bring it to the US, undercutting
their profits. It took a letter to the EPA and my congressman to
get the letter I needed but only after a high-up in Washington, DC
called to chew me out for undercutting US industry! He never
mentioned the environment. I countered that I demanded my rights
(whatever they may be) under NAFTA. Seemingly NAFTA is just for
corporate persons, not human people.
To summarize, check carefully, I believe you will find EU standards
on cars are quite comparable to ours these days. They just took a
different route getting there.
> Good point about the retrofit for emissions. i did not even think
> that would defeat the whole purpose.
> In a message dated 10/9/05 8:55:18 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> bill.tarkulich@i... writes:
> > Even bringing a car over yourself requires a retrofit for
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