New EU Rules For Pollution From Leisure Boats and Jet-Skis

The European Commission has proposed new rules that will set stricter limits for emissions from jet skis and recreational boats. Scientific studies show lakes and seashores can be seriously polluted by the concentration of nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from the EU’s 6 million leisure craft.

The proposed revision of the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) sets stricter limits for NOx, hydrocarbons (HC) and particulate matters for new recreational crafts.

The proposal also improves market surveillance and safety requirements as it updates the rules on CE marking.

Member States will have to ensure that adequate checks are performed both at the EU external borders and within the Union itself, partly through site visits to economic operators to spot sub-standard leisure craft which will be immediately confiscated.

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