Emissions cheats to be fined up to €3,400 per car in Italy

October 07, 2016

Manufacturers whose vehicles break emissions regulations in Italy could face fines of more than €3,000 for every affected vehicle on the road if they are successfully prosecuted. Dr Antonio Erario, head of international regulatory affairs with Italy’s Department for Transport, revealed details of the fines ahead of a meeting with EU politicians on Monday after claims that Italy had failed to fulfil an obligation for countries to set penalties for the use of defeat devices by 2009. In a written answer to MEPs who are investigating the diesel emissions scandal, he said Italy didn’t need to set specific penalties because they were already set out in legislation drawn up in the 1990s that covered ‘vehicles running with any non-compliant device’ and ‘vehicles which fail to conform to the approved type’. He said: “In national law there were already provisions for the application of an administrative penalty from €80 to €318 per vehicle in use running with non-compliant devices and a penalty from €841 to €3,366 if a vehicle does not conform to the approved type. The enforcement of administrative penalties will be assessed at the end of criminal proceedings [in the] Volkswagen case.” The fines provide an indication of the scale of penalties that could face Volkswagen following its admission of using defeat devices in diesel engines fitted to 8 million vehicles in Europe. In the US, authorities are said to be assessing how big a criminal fine they can extract from Volkswagen for cheating emissions tests on 600,000 vehicles without putting the carmaker out of business. Erario will be also be quizzed about accusations by German authorities that some FCA Group vehicles break emissions rules, despite being approved for sale throughout Europe by Italian type-approval authorities.

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