A committee of 45 MEPs will investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures to enforce EU standards
A committee of 45 MEPs has been set up by the European Parliament to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests following revelations of cheating by German carmaker Volkswagen earlier this year.
Announced yesterday (December 17), the inquiry committee will also look at alleged failures by EU Member States and the European Commission to enforce EU car emission test standards, before presenting an interim report within six months and a final report within a year of starting its work.
MEPs approved the creation of the ‘dieselgate’ inquiry committee by 354 votes to 229, with 35 abstentions.
In September, Volkswagen admitted installing ‘cheat devices’ designed to circumvent air pollution emissions tests on several of its vehicle models, affecting millions of cars around the world.
The ensuring scandal has placed the car manufacturing industry and diesel emissions regulations under considerable scrutiny.
The committee set up by MEPs yesterday will investigate:
UK Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder welcomed the new inquiry committee, commenting: “For too long, the EU and national authorities have turned a blind eye to widespread rigging of emissions tests in the car industry. Years of dirty deals made behind closed doors have led to more dirty air in our cities.
“This inquiry will lift the lid on this scandal and ensure there is full public accountability for what happened. The answers we get should strengthen the case for more effective pollution limits to be put in place as soon as possible.â€?