Germany will set up a new organisation to test vehicle emissions to try to restore consumer confidence after Volkswagen’s emissions scandal revealed an industry-wide pollution problem, the transport ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said the new institute would involve consumer organisations, local governments and environmental groups, as well as the auto industry and ministries, to ensure “more transparency and reliability” in vehicle tests.

Germany’s VDA auto industry association said in a statement, its members were keen to give customers more information about variance in fuel efficiency and would fully participate in the new institute in the interests of more transparency.

The European Commission is seeking broader supervisory powers, including the ability to impose fines on carmakers, but Germany is lobbying to keep vehicle testing and licensing a national affair. In the aftermath of the Volkswagen scandal, the German transport ministry ordered tests on the carbon dioxide emissions of 29 models. On Tuesday, it said 17 passed the test, while 10 models still needed to be tested in the coming months.
Courtesy: Times of India


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