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EU proposes new rules to avoid VW like emission scandal

ABR Staff Writer Published 28 January 2016

European Commission proposes new rules and regulations which will give it sweeping power over national car regulation, to prevent Volkswagen type emission scandal.


The new regulation proposes an EU oversight over national regulation and it plans to make vehicle testing more independent and increase surveillance of cars already in circulation.

European Commission Jobs Growth, Investment and Competitiveness vice president, Jyrki Katainen said: "In a single market where goods circulate freely, everyone must play by the rules.

"The Volkswagen revelations have highlighted that the system which allows cars to be placed on the market needs further improvement."

"To regain customers' trust in this important industry, we need to tighten the rules but also ensure they are effectively observed. It is essential to restore a level playing field and fair competition in the market."

As per the new law, EU should have authority to slap fine on automakers as much as €30,000 per vehicle which contravene emission rules.

EU said that the present approval system is based on mutual trust among member states. Currently, if a car is certified in one state, it is valid across the whole EU. The EU sets the legal framework and it is the responsibility of national authorities to thoroughly check the automobile compliance.

The Commission has given a proposal to modify the remuneration system to avoid financial links between technical services and manufacturers saying that majority of countries designate technical services, which are paid directly by car manufacturers.

National type approval authorities will be subject to peer reviews to ensure that the relevant rules are implemented and enforced rigorously across the EU.

The commission is emphasizing more on introducing a system which monitors emission levels under real driving conditions which is quite different from lab testing conditions.

Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs commissioner, Elzbieta Bienkowska said: "the single market requires rigorous enforcement across sectors, including the car industry.

"With our proposals today we will raise the quality and independence of vehicle testing and improve the oversight of cars already in circulation.

"This complements our efforts to introduce the most robust emissions testing procedures in the world, which we will keep refining and reviewing to ensure the strictest emissions limits are really met."

The proposal wants to continue the ban of defeat devices, which national authorities have a standing obligation to enforce strictly, but it goes a step further. Under the new regulations the manufacturer will have provide access to a car's software protocols.

This measure will compliment the Real Driving Emissions package and will be very difficult to bypass the emission requirements and includes an obligation for manufacturers to reveal their strategies to reduce emissions, just like in the US.

Image: EU's new rule will give it authority to impose fine on automakers as much as €30,000 per vehicle. Photo: Courtesy of Free Digital Photos