Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector

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On 16 December 2015, the European Parliament decided to set up a Committee of Inquiry to investigate contraventions of EU law in relation to emissions measurements in the automotive sector and maladministration in its application. The Inquiry Committee was set up in reaction to the revelations that Volkswagen Group dodged the NOx (Nitrogen oxide) emissions limit for diesel cars. The committee will consist of 45 MEPs, of which 14 are from the EPP Group.

 

Its mandate will be to investigate the alleged failure of the European Commission to keep test cycles under review; the alleged failure of the European Commission and Member-State authorities to take proper and effective action to oversee enforcement and to enforce the explicit ban on ‘defeat devices’; the alleged failure of the European Commission to introduce tests reflecting real-world driving conditions; the alleged failure of Member States to lay down provisions on effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties applicable to manufacturers for infringements and, finally, whether the European Commission and the Member States had evidence of the use of ‘defeat mechanisms’ before the scandal emerged on 18 September 2015.

 

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26.04.2016 - 18:00
Interim Report on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector
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