Demands for recall of 30m 'dirty diesels'

September 20, 2016

Manufacturers will need to ‘fight with facts’ to restore the reputation of diesel after claims in a new report that all manufacturers are breaking emissions rules with ‘grossly polluting’ vehicles. The investigation, published to mark the first anniversary of the Dieselgate scandal, demands the recall of nearly 30 million vehicles which are suspected of emitting more than three times the legal limit of nitrogen oxide in real-world driving. It claims the largest number of ‘dirty diesels’ are found on French roads (5.5 million), followed by Germany (5.3 million), the UK (4.3 million), Italy (3.1 million), Spain (1.9 million) and Belgium (1.4 million). Report author Transport & Environment, which helped to break the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year, claims national governments are to blame because they are not effectively enforcing emissions laws that are currently in place. Its publication coincides with a fact-finding mission by MEPs this week who will visit agencies that approve new models to see how they test emissions. The ongoing negative publicity has harmed attitudes to diesel across Europe, leading to declining market share in many countries and a number of anti-diesel measures, ranging from proposed city centre bans to prohibiting the purchase of diesels by local authorities. To provide an accurate view of how diesels perform, manufacturers will need to work to counter the negative claims with a focus on factual updates that highlight the real-world performance of their vehicles to reassure customers about the benefits of Euro6 technology.

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