From my previous post I talked about Argentina’s current air pollution levels and how their older vehicle dont have catalytic converters. So, I thought it would be a good idea to review some other countries laws and regulations on having a catalytic converter.

In America, all vehicles manufactured after 1970 are required to have a catalytic converter, and must past yearly emissions tests to remain legal. 

In the United Kingdom, all cars manufactured after 1992 are required to have a catalytic converter and pass emission tests. 

The standards in Japan are quite important since Japan is on an extremely populated island where pollution risks are already high enough. Japanese standards were based off of the United States’ Clean Air Act, but were altered to fit with the driving in Japan since they have slower city traffic. Vehicles are also required to have inspections. 

In Germany, they follow the euro 4 standard. Each type of car has a different type of requirement or standard when it comes to catalytic converters. For example, a passenger car is going to have different requirements from a bus or a large good truck. 

China, also follows the euro 4 standard which was enacted in 2008. 

Israel, enacted the euro 5 standard which is even stricter than the euro 4 standard. Israel will not allow any vehicle to be imported unless it meets these standards. 

South Africa has a very tolerant emission laws. But in 2005, they passed the Clean Fuels and Vehicles law that banned lead from gasoline and decreased sulfur levels in diesel fuel. 


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