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Governments back new real-world tests to tackle ‘Petrolgate’

New real-world emissions tests for modern petrol engines have been backed by EU governments. However, the tests will allow a conformity factor of 50%, meaning new petrol cars will be allowed to exceed current limits on particulate emissions by half – to take account of uncertainties in the test procedure. Governments agreed to stick with the September 2018 proposed date for all new cars to comply with the rules.

Published on January 6, 2017 - 15:52

National regulators at the heart of Dieselgate – European Parliament investigation

National regulators failed to implement the existing rules on vehicle emissions testing, thus paving the way for the Dieselgate scandal, a parliamentary investigation has found. Members of the European Parliament's Dieselgate enquiry identified three main failures by the national authorities in charge of testing new vehicles before they could be sold: failure to independently test cars in order to verify their performance on the road; failure to search for illegal defeat devices despite clear obligations to do so; and failure to put in place and apply dissuasive penalties on carmakers. 

Published on January 6, 2017 - 13:36

European Parliament's Dieselgate report rightly identifies the failings of national regulators in clamping down on dodgy car emissions

Transport & Environment (T&E) welcomes the draft report and recommendations of the European Parliament’s investigation into the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal, known as the EMIS committee. The draft Dieselgate report, presented by co-rapporteurs MEPs Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy and Jens Gieseke, rightly identifies the key failures of national regulators to implement the current rules on vehicle testing: failure to independently test cars in order to verify cars’ performance on the road; failure to search for illegal defeat devices despite clear obligations to do so; and failure to put in place and apply dissuasive penalties on car manufacturers.

Published on December 20, 2016 - 12:01

The beginning of the end for the infernal combustion engine

By Greg Archer, clean vehicles directorWHAT WE LEARNED IN 2016: After many false dawns, 2016 is the year electric cars showed they are on a path to rapidly replacing the infernal combustion engine. There are now more than half a million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles on Europe’s roads, and annual sales are expected to top 1.5% of the market for the first time. While the figures are modest, Dieselgate has created an EV earthquake, shaking carmakers from their complacency.

Published on December 16, 2016 - 17:53

Signs of the EU finally losing patience over Dieselgate

by Julia Poliscanova, clean vehicles and air quality managerWHAT WE LEARNED IN 2016: In response to the Dieselgate scandal, 2016 started with a bang with the Commission’s type approval proposal to reform the EU’s failed system of vehicle testing. The European Parliament also flexed its muscles by refusing to accept the new on-road tests for NOx emissions that doubled and delayed the agreed Euro 6 limits – peace only breaking out when the Commission promised to make the limits stricter in the future. EU policymakers also agreed the new air quality law, the National Emission Ceilings Directive to limit the emissions from member states – although the final outcome was deeply disappointing.

Published on December 16, 2016 - 17:36

Next round of Real-world Emissions tests: particulate emissions from gasoline direct injection cars

On 20 December the European Commission will meet with EU Member States in the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles (TCMV) to agree the next milestone of the EU vehicle testing reform. The so-called RDE 3rd package extending the new on-road tests to particulate emissions from gasoline direct injection cars. It​​'s designed to tackle the problem of large numbers of ultrafine and highly damaging particles emitted from the new generation of gasoline engines. These particles penetrate deeply into human lungs and blood and contribute to the 467,000 deaths from air pollution annually according to the latest EEA figures. 

Published on December 15, 2016 - 16:03

Legal action against governments failing to do their job after Dieselgate to be welcomed

The start of legal action by the European Commission against national Type Approval Authorities and transport ministries for failing to do their job and clamp down on the emissions cheating exposed by the Dieselgate scandal is a very welcome and important development, sustainable transport group Transport & Environment has said. Infringement proceedings are being taken against seven countries for: failing to set up penalties systems to deter car manufacturers from violating car emissions legislation, or not applying such sanctions where a breach of law has occurred – in more than 29 million diesel cars in Europe.
Published on December 8, 2016 - 12:12

See, hear, speak no evil: Type Approval Authorities at the EMIS hearings

The latest round of hearings of the European Parliament’s enquiry committee into the emissions scandal (EMIS) focused on the primary law enforcers of EU testing system – national Type Approval Authorities (TAAs). This briefing summarises the replies of the authorities that attended the hearings (German, Italian, Dutch and Luxembourgish TAAs). Both written and oral answers of the national regulators confirm T&E’s assertion that authorities in charge of enforcing environmental and safety rules have consistently failed to do their job and rigorously scrutinise whether the vehicle complies with the requirements.
Published on November 28, 2016 - 10:27

Give walking and cycling ‘equal status to private cars’, says UN agency

The United Nations Environment Programme says making walking and cycling safer is vital for reducing pollution and climate-changing emissions. A new UNEP report notes the contribution of road transport to global warming and air pollution, yet almost half the 1.3 million people who die each year in traffic accidents are pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists – transport users who generate fewest emissions.

Published on November 10, 2016 - 15:22

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