2020/21 Stage V Engines Deadline Extension

The European Parliament has approved a 12 months’ extension of the timetable for the fitting of pre-Stage V transition engines. The decision will save manufacturers having to write off millions of pounds worth of engines which, due to the Covid-19 emergency, could not be fitted into completed machines by the original deadline of 1st July 2020.

It will be adopted automatically into UK law and applies to transition engines in the power categories below 56kW and at or above 130kW. The revision delays the relevant deadlines for building machines installed with transition engines from 30th June 2020 to 30th June 2021 and for placing those machines on the market from 31 December 2020 to 31 December 2021.

The outcome comes after lobbying from bodies such as the Construction Equipment Association (CEA) on the basis that due to OEM reduced time working and factory closures, not all pre-Stage V engine stocks could be incorporated within completed machines by the end of the June 2020 deadline.

The deadlines for transition engines in the power categories at or above the 56kW and below 130kW range remain unchanged at the current deadlines of 30 June 2021 and 31 December 2021.