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Grade III National Standard on Motorcycle Industry is Implemented as of July1st and Grade II Standard will be Prohibited2010-06-07

The National Phase III Motor Vehicle Emission Standards of China, referred to as Grade III National Standard, will take effect on July 1stin the motorcycle industry, with a view to crossing out motorcycles that fail to reach the standard in the production directory. As a result, current motorcycles in conformity with Grade II National Standard will be taken off the production line. Meanwhile, from July 1st, the Grade IV National Standard will start to cover passenger vehicles, such as light vehicles.

Sources say relevant ministries and commissions leave half a year for motorcycle manufacturers to deal with the inventory of motorcycles available under Grade II National Standard. It is estimated that the inventory will be cleared by the end of this year.

As the motorcycle industry is covered by the Grade III National Standard, higher requirements on emissions of passenger cars have to be imposed. From next month, new vehicles that fail to reach the Grade IV National Standard will not be included into the directory of new vehicles of the MIIT (the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology). It indicates that new vehicles released after July 1st have to reach the Grade IV National Standard while vehicles that were released prior to the date and governed by the Grade III National Standard are allowed onto the market.