EU Wants Tougher Tests in Wake of Diesel Emissions Issues
Volkswagen's diesel emissions cheats late last year are causing big changes at the company and in the industry. Governments across the world are not at all pleased that their procedures were thwarted, so the European Union is looking at ways to ensure it doesn't happen again by instituting more rigorous testing of diesel vehicles. According to ABC News, the EU is proposing spot tests of vehicles that have already been approved to make sure that what goes to the public is the same as what was tested. They also want to eliminate part of the current system that lets car companies pay technical services for testing since this could be a conflict of interest. RELATED: Harmony of the Tailpipes: Aligning Auto Emissions Limits Globally
The testing process would also become more centralized under the proposed new rules. Rather than testing happening in individual states, it would fall under more universal oversight. The idea is to make sure that everyone is playing by the same rules no matter where they are and no matter their financial resources.
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The proposal now goes out to EU member states for debate before it stands a chance of becoming law. If approved, it will not only ensure compliance, but hopefully help restore the public's confidence in the automotive industry.
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