The European Parliament has backed an EU deal to slash carbon emissions from new cars by 2020.
The agreement, which I led on for the Lib Dem ALDE group, means emissions (and mpg) must be 40% lower than now.
Volume carmakers will be set a tough average target across their range, while niche sports car-makers like Jaguar, Aston Martin or Morgan (all based in this region) have a separate percentage reduction target which is demanding but practical – something I insisted upon.
This deal had to be agreed at EU level. Cars these days are not produced for one country, but a single EU market of 500 million consumers, let alone the rest of the world.
It would be ludicrous if JLR had to cope with 28 sets of rules for carbon emissions from 28 EU countries.