A £650k programme has been put in place to re-test cars following the Volkswagen emissions scandal
Jimi Beckwith
26 February 2016

The government is to undertake a vehicle re-testing programme in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

Testing is expected to cost the taxpayer upwards of £650,000, according to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Andrew Jones.

Cars that represent the British car market will be tested, so the sample is likely to include the Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta. Both petrol and diesel models will be examined.

The testing procedure will include a real-world element, to increase trust between consumers and the car industry. The government is also working together with the German government to cover more cars, with the possibility of collaborating with more countries to extend this.

In addition to NOx and CO2 emissions, the tests will determine whether ‘defeat devices’, such as those which caused the emissions scandal, have been used.

A government spokesperson said: “The Volkswagen story has shown how current emissions testing has its limitations. The UK has pushed for change in emissions testing, to bring ‘Real Driving Emissions Testing’ for real-world emissions figures.”

Although the money comes from taxpayers, none of the cost will be recovered from the manaufacturers, in order to maintain the scheme's independence. The estimated £650,000 cost of the scheme has been allocated from the Department for Transport’s annual budget, rather than using fresh money from the Treasury.

The results of the testing will be published once the programme is complete, with Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin promising a progress update by the end of 2016. A more real-world oriented emissions testing system will be introduced in 2017 in Europe, in response to the emissions scandal.

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26 February 2016
The money would be better spent on mending the roads. I'm sure that the emissions benefit from having better, less congested roads would be far greater than finding out which manufacturers have been cheating the current system. And in any case, isn't this a European issue given that the regulations in question are European ones? Apart from which, what is the government going to do with the affected vehicles? There are presently no requirements for any vehicle to meet any "real world" test.

26 February 2016
We should just dump the EU regs and use the California ones, the EU should have mandated SCR and DPFs 10 years ago, idiots - ALL the NOx and particulate problems from diesels are the fault of the EUs slack regs for diesels. And the whole idea of "real world" tests is totally ridiculous - you need the exact same conditions for every vehicle and thats nigh on impossible in the real world. Not that any of that excuses ANY manufacturer cheating. If any have found to be cheating they should get a bill from the government and any other government in the EU who has to fork out extra testing.

26 February 2016
If 200,000+ cars are paying their annual car tax at a rate which is no longer appropriate, including Company Car tax rates, you suddenly have a significant windfall. 130,000 Polo & Golf sold last year (combined). Let's assume 50% are diesels. That doesn't include ANY of the other VAG models. Only 3 model years are needed to meet that target. Could pay back millions in tax for £650k

26 February 2016
who's paying that; vag or the people who bought them?

11 March 2016
Mine only says "goodbye" :-)) This issue will sadly be dealt with by madrins sitting on warm chairs with fat arses and few brains and unable to peddle a bike never mind drive seriously. They need to involve 5 car mags to devise a proper test which truly represents the roads we use and how we drive on them town country and motorway. Then maybe re-hire Clarkson to drive every one of them just to see his ugly face and see that he never licks a steering wheel ever again in public

what's life without imagination

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