"We urgently need to put in place common European car emission tests which are based on real driving conditions", said Françoise Grossetête MEP, Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, after the adoption in plenary of a Resolution aimed at addressing the questions raised by the VW scandal. Grossetête has called on the European Commission to mobilise Member States to move quickly in this area.
The case began last month when the US Government's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that almost 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars sold in the USA were rigged by the company to artificially lower the amount of NOx emissions while being tested. Since then, VW has revealed that a total of 11 million cars are affected - not only in the USA, but also in Europe and elsewhere.
Since then, reports have been published which suggest that other car manufacturers have problems meeting the emission norms for diesel.
"We condemn the fraudulent behaviour of the company, but we do not condemn diesel technology because we still need diesel engines", Grossetête continued.
She also underlined the importance of the possibility of re-assessing the type approval by the relevant authorities. "We need to strengthen and redesign the current EU type approval regime for cars and the Commission should have a better surveillance system in place", she concluded.