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Directive 98/70/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council relating to the quality of petrol and diesel fuels and amending Council Directive 93/12/EEC

Type of law

This Directive lays down technical specifications on health and environmental grounds for fuels to be used for vehicles equipped with positive-ignition and compression-ignition engines. Member States shall prohibit the marketing of leaded petrol within their territory not later than 1 January 2003. Moreover, Member States shall ensure that diesel fuel can be marketed within their terrotory solely if it complies with the environmental specifications set out in Annex II. Article 5 lays down the free circulation clause on the basis of which Member States shall not prohibit, restrict nor prevent the marketing of fuels complying with the requirements of this Directive. However, by way of derogation from that provision, Member States may require that in specific areas fuels can be marketed only if they fulfill more stringent environmental specifications with a view to protecting public health or the environment in a specific ecological sensitive area, in case atmospheric pollution constitutes or might constitute a serious problem for human health or the environment (art. 6). Article 8 concerns monitoring and reporting.
Date of text
Member States shall adopt and publish the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive not later than 1 July 1999.
Serial Imprint
Official Journal L 350, 28 December 1998, pp. 58-68
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