Government urged to release "real-world" emission data on all vehicles

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 24 Sep 2015 11:30
Transport Secretary asked to release motor emissions' data
Transport Secretary asked to release motor emissions' data

Environmental law organisation ClientEarth has written to the Department for Transport demanding that it establish whether VW’s use of ‘defeat devices’ to cheat on emissions tests is part of wider industry practice.

The letter also requires the Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin, to release all information his department holds on the real-world emissions performance of cars licensed for sale on UK roads.

James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth, said: “Five days into the diesel emissions scandal the government has taken no action to reassure the public that cars on our roads meet even the lax standards required by EU law. Italy and Germany have launched investigations: why does our government have no appetite for tackling the problem?

“The industry has shown it cannot be trusted. We cannot wait for action from the EU. First responsibility for protecting our health lies with our own government. The public must know the full scale of the problem and urgent action must be taken to fix it. Flouting laws enacted to protect our health cannot be tolerated."




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