Following Dieselgate, MEPs to debate German, Austrian measures to fix cars

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Old exhaust pipes lie in a junkyard in Peine, Germany, November 5, 2015. MEPs will discuss the latest developments in the Dieselgate scandal in Strasbourg, France, on September 13, 2017.

EU Parliament debate to focus on public health and consumer rights


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On September 13, Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg will discuss the latest developments in the Dieselgate scandal. In the debate later today, MEPs will examine in particular recent measures taken by EU member states, like Germany and Austria, to fix polluting cars.

The European Parliament reminded that MEPs urged the European Commission and EU member states to clean up their act and improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, after Parliament’s special committee on the Volkswagen emissions scandal completed its work in April 2017.

MEPs concluded that although the Commission and member states had been aware for more than a decade that the nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions of diesel cars in laboratory tests differ markedly from those measured on the roads as they had failed to act appropriately to protect air quality and public health.

A more realistic emissions testing procedure finally came into force on September 1.

 

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