Stalemate fixing dirty diesels: Countries putting carmakers’ needs before those of citizens

This briefing outlines how, more than a year since the VW scandal broke and almost a year since the new reform of EU testing system was proposed, there is minimal progress to tackle the legacy of dirty diesel cars on the road. No action whatsoever has been taken to reduce the emissions of 80% of the most grossly emitting diesel cars. Out of the 20% of cars subject to some recalls, only the VW cars fitted with illegal defeat devices are guaranteed to be fixed; the action on the remaining cars is left up to customers to opt in for. 

It also outlines how the latest leaked documents reveal that the majority of member states are also trying to block and weaken any future reform on the newly proposed Type Approval Framework Regulation, stripping the Commission of any powers to do independent checks on in-use vehicles. The Competitiveness Council meeting on 28/29 November will consider the new post-Dieselgate testing reform. A few days later Transport Council will demand changes to the EU rules instead of enforcing the current cheating ban. This scandalous stalemate and lack of action has been created by a Mexican style stand-off between the national governments that refuse to act against their home carmakers and instead point their finger at others.