We bought a Euro5 van in 2016 - should it have been Euro6?

I bought a new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter from a Mercedes dealer in April 2016. It has a Euro5 engine so is liable to the ULEZ charge. I believe I have been sold it fraudulently as according to legislation “Euro6 is the sixth incarnation of the European Union directive to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts. The Euro 6 standard was introduced in September 2015, and all mass-produced cars sold from this date need to meet these emissions requirements.” So we should not have been sold it in April 2016 – eight months after it was introduced. Can you help?

Asked on 15 May 2019 by Murray Tollemache

Answered by Dan Powell
It's important to note that the ULEZ is not based on a van's Euro rating - it's actually decided by the levels of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) that the van emits. And some Euro5 diesels qualify for the ULEZ because the PM and NOx levels are low enough to meet the standards. That means your van might not be liable for the charges. You can find out here: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/ulez-van-checker-will-you-ha.../

When it comes holding the dealer liable for the Euro5 engine in your Sprinter, I think you'll struggle. Euro6 on all new large vans was not mandatory until September 2016.
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