27th September 2015

MEPs discuss reform of emission tests following Volkswagen scandal

Following revelations that Volkswagen and other manufacturers´ cars manage to bypass emission standards for motor vehicles, the MEPs in the Environmental Committee of the EP drafted a report proposing a reform to the EU emission rules. The committee proposes an update that would include other types of emissions, as well as technical devices to be introduced in every new car that would help the driver drive more eco-friendly. Crucially, the MEPs propose that the emission tests be made more “real-life”. Currently, tests are often made in laboratory conditions, miles away from ordinary functioning of the car. The results are thus completely unrealistic. This has been proposed by a variety of stakeholders for years. Renewed efforts, also at the EU level, are to be expected after the VW scandal.

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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic