It may not be on most people's news radar, but the West African nation of Nigeria has a problem with the effects of roadside pollution. As Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria has its share of smog-filled cities, congested roads and aging vehicles. In an effort to clear the air, Nigeria will, effective December 1, 2012, require all vehicles sold within the country to meet Euro II emissions standards, according to Nigeria's National Automotive Council (NAC).

Aminu Jalal, director-general of the council, says Euro II standards will apply to vehicles manufactured in Nigeria, as well as to all imported automobiles. Additionally, Jalal says that no manufacturer or importer shall be allowed to assemble a vehicle that makes use of two-stroke engine. We'd assume this two-stroke stipulation doesn't apply to scooters and motorcycles.

Euro II was implemented back in 1996, so Nigeria is most certainly behind the times. Come January 2015, Nigeria will adopt the slightly more stringent Euro III standards, which went into effect in Europe in 2000. Given the choice between dated emissions standards and Nigeria's current, non-existent guidelines, we know which ones we'd choose.

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