the CGEM requests a 30-month period

Why are professionals up against the application of the Euro 6 pollution standard, which has been present for 8 years in Morocco? In any case, the CGEM has already asked the Ministry of Transport to postpone the transition to this standard for an additional 30 months. For professionals interviewed by “Le Matin”, it is certainly a false good idea. The details.

Postponing the application of Euro 6 standards for trucks: a false good idea? In any case, this is the request made in a letter sent last July by the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM) to the Department of Transport. In its “confidential” letter, the employers request an additional period of 30 months for the transition to the Euro 6 anti-pollution standard, the application of which is planned from January 1, 2023. But obviously, this upgrade arouses anxiety transportation professionals. According to our sources, the Confederation has highlighted the difficult situation that certain personnel are experiencing in view of the consequences of the Covid crisis and the current international context. However, this standard has already been applied in Europe since 2014 and does not pose any problem on this large transport market, quite the contrary. The Euro 6 standard indeed concerns a significant reduction in the pollution emitted by buses and heavy goods vehicles. Thus, emissions of nitrogen oxides are limited to 0.4 g/kWh, those of carbon monoxide to 1.5 g/kWh, those of hydrocarbons to 0.13 g/kWh and finally that of particles to 0.01g/kWh.

But why are professionals up against the application of this standard which has already been present for 8 years in Morocco? According to our information, professionals fear the repercussion on truck prices, which are likely to increase, because this standard is more restrictive. Likewise, they reduce an impact on logistics costs and therefore an impact on inflation. They also highlight the fact that the carriers have worked less than usual over the past two years and that their situation would be difficult. But for some professionals interviewed, this reasoning does not stand up to analysis. “First of all, this standard has been known for a long time and many new trucks and coaches imported into Morocco by the major European brands already meet it. The price of these trucks is therefore already priced in by the market and this will not have a significant impact. In addition, the change in standards for new vehicles does not oblige professionals to change trucks immediately, they will only change them when a term of wear or financing arrives” explains to the “Matin” a local importer.

Even imagining that there is any increase in the price of the vehicle, it is easily fought for two reasons, our source continues. Above all, the most modern trucks have a lower fuel consumption than their elders, what we “lose” following an increase in the purchase price, we “recover” it largely by the drop in diesel consumption. Secondly, these trucks are all financed by leasing, so it suffices to increase, in the rare cases where the prices are more expensive, by two or three monthly installments to end up with the same cost price per kilometer. If a few brands, mostly Asian, are still offered on the Moroccan market for trucks with Euro 4 standards, which are still acceptable in many countries and which therefore represent a part of world production, we must then wonder about the impact of this revision of standards on the health of Moroccans. The Euro 4 standards thus allow nitrogen oxide discharges of 3.5 g/kWh (8.75 times what is authorized by the Euro 6 standard), 0.46 g/kWh of hydrocarbons (3.53 times Euro 6) and 0.02 g/kWh of particles (twice Euro 6). But health sometimes resists badly to the economy, even if it is generally estimated that road transport represents 23% of pollution in Morocco.


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