THE British car industry has been brought under further scrutiny as MPs launch an inquiry into the UK vehicle testing system, regarding it as ‘clearly inadequate’.
Louise Ellman, chairman of the transport select committee, said: ‘The VW scandal has raised serious concerns about whether vehicle type approval testing is fit for purpose. We heard evidence that the gap between emissions detected in test conditions and those detected in the real world is significant. The procedure is clearly inadequate.’
As a result, the government is looking to replace the current system with a test that better reflects real world conditions. The established system is split into two parts, with one test approving a complete vehicle, and the other individual components or systems.
Last month, EU officials struck a deal that delays new, real-world testing until next year, with the new procedures to be brought in gradually.
Ms Ellman added: ‘It is essential to examine these allegations and to ensure that the government and EU take action to restore public confidence.’
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