The Department for Transport has reminded the motor industry that it will take enforcement action against anyone breaching rules around catalytic convertors.
In a statement issued on 7 June, the Department explained the importance of a catalytic converter to a carâ€™sÂ emission control system.
The DfT said in a statement: â€œThese devices are fitted to a diesel or petrol vehicle to reduce the level of harmful pollutants exiting the tailpipe as exhaust gases. They achieve this by enabling chemical reactions to occur within the vehicle exhaust that convert harmful pollutants, such as nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, into less harmful products such as carbon dioxide and water.â€
The statement continued: â€œMany types of catalytic converter exist and modern vehicles will often possess multiple different devices to remove different components of the exhaust gas. In this way, these devices enable vehicles to meet European emission standards, improving air quality and reducing impacts on health.â€
Now, the Department has reminded manufacturers and suppliers of replacement catalytic converters that they have a legal duty to ensure the products they design, manufacture and sell comply with the applicable laws, including approval requirements governing the fitting to certain vehicles.
The approval requirements for replacement catalytic converters are set out in the Motor Vehicles (Replacement of Catalytic Converters and Pollution Control Devices) Regulations 2009.
Examples of non-compliant behaviour would include:
And it emphasised: â€œManufactures, suppliers and distributors who are found to have breached these requirements should expect to be the subject of enforcement action.â€
The Department is also inviting anyone aware of potential non-compliance issues to bring them to its attention. It said: â€œWe welcome any information or concerns from within the relevant industries or from members of the public. If you would like to contact the MSU then please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The information that you supply will be considered carefully by the MSU who will decide whether further investigation is needed.â€