MPs to probe UK emissions testing

17 November 2015

car pollution The Volkswagen emissions scandal may have gone a little quiet of late, but it is far from over. Now, Parliament is going to look at the testing done in the UK, to see whether or not it is "fit for purpose".

With over 1.2 million cars in the UK affected by the scandal, it is obvious that things aren't as stringent as they need to be, and that someone might have been asleep on the job to have missed all those cars with 'defeat devices'.

The software installed in the VW vehicles could detect whether or not a car was being tested, which meant that it would change the way it acted, so it would appear to meet environmental standards.

The Commons Transport Select Committee said that they're going to investigate whether the current testing arrangements were up to date, with a particular focus on why results in testing conditions should vary from those in the real world.

Many in the motoring world have been critical of these tests for some time, saying that they are outdated. Louise Ellman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, said: "The Volkswagen scandal has raised serious concerns about whether vehicle type approval testing is fit for purpose. We heard evidence in October that the gap between emissions detected in test conditions and those detected in the real world significant. The testing procedure is clearly inadequate."

In a letter to Ellman, VW's UK boss, Paul Willis said: "It is widely recognised, both inside and outside of the industry, that the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) testing (which is the type approval testing used in the EU) is not fit for purpose. Its deficiencies are recognised. There is no simple linear relationship that exists between data from NEDC testing and data derived from real world driving."

It is obvious that something needs to be done, and it is clear that Volkswagen are going to be hit with some huge fines.

TOPICS:   Motoring

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