July 25, 2024

Europe sees a surge in Dodge RAM registrations

Registrations of Dodge RAM pick-up trucks in Europe saw a 20% increase last year, according to data analyzed by Transport & Environment (T&E).

In response, a coalition of consumer, safety, and environmental groups, including T&E, is urging the European Commission to close the loophole that allows these highly polluting and dangerous vehicles onto European roads.

Data from the European Environment Agency shows that nearly 5,000 Dodge RAMs were imported into Europe in 2023, a 20% increase from 2022, bringing the total number of Dodge RAMs on European roads to at least 20,000.

The EU has strict vehicle standards for road safety and emissions control. However, Dodge RAMs and other US pick-up trucks bypass these regulations through a loophole called “Individual Vehicle Approval” (IVA). Originally meant for specialized vehicles, the IVA system is now being used to import a large number of US pick-up trucks.

These imported vehicles do not have to comply with the 2019 EU General Safety Regulation (GSR), on-road pollution tests, or the EU car and van CO2 standards. CO2 emissions from Dodge RAMs range from 300g to 900g per kilometer, significantly higher than the average for new cars. Additionally, safety features required for all new cars and vans from 7 July 2024 are not mandatory in Dodge RAMs and other IVA-imported vehicles.

James Nix, vehicles manager at T&E, said, “Pickup trucks like the Dodge RAM should not be on European streets. They are not only highly polluting but also dangerous. We need to reduce the size of vehicles on our roads, not allow the largest and most hazardous ones. The EU must close the loophole that permits these vehicles on our streets.”

Statistics show that in a crash, a pick-up truck is nearly three times more likely to kill a pedestrian or cyclist than a standard car. The elevated bonnets of pick-up trucks further increase the risk to children, women, and the elderly.

A coalition of organizations, including T&E, the European Transport Safety Council, the European Cyclists’ Federation, consumers’ federation BEUC, Clean Cities, Eurocities, POLIS, and the International Federation of Pedestrians, is urging the EU to close the loophole. They argue that the loophole was not intended as a large-scale import route to bypass air quality, climate, and safety regulations.

The coalition points out the EU’s lack of action compared to progressive cities like Paris, Lyon, Grenoble, Koblenz, and Tübingen, which have implemented different parking charges based on vehicle weight or size.

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