Car adverts to show climate impact
The Government has agreed to change its advertising guidelines on cars.
This follows a threat of legal action from Friends of the Earth and the Alliance Against Urban 4x4s.
Unlawful car adverts
European law requires that all promotional material must include easily readable information on fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions.
Until now Government guidance has exempted 'primarily graphical' adverts, like billboard signs.
This has been an easy way for adverts to avoid showing information about the car's CO2 emissions.
Government agrees to change guidelines
Friends of the Earth lawyers, acting for the Alliance, wrote to the Department for Transport (DfT).
They warned that the guidelines were unlawful and threatened judicial review proceedings.
The DfT admitted that it had been wrongly interpreting the EU Directive. The Government will now amend their guidance.
This means that all future billboards advertising cars will need to show clear information about their carbon dioxide emissions.
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