Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that Vehicle Certification Agency will be done independently of manufacturers
Jim Holder
2 October 2015

Tests carried out by the UK government on cars involved in the VW emissions scandal will be done independently of the vehicle industry, according to officials.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has confirmed that: "Neither cars, nor the testing facilities will be provided by the vehicle industry themselves.”

The Department for Transport is to be abolished, read more here

Instead, the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) will work with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to carry out the tests, according to a statement.

The next phase of testing will focus on VW’s Euro 5 diesel engines that have been confirmed as being fitted with the ‘defeat device’ and will take place in a laboratory and in the real world.

The government has said it is working closely with other EU countries that are carrying out similar procedures in a bid to be consistent across Europe.

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 190 GT DSG
The new Volkswagen Passat is now in its eighth generation

The refocused Passat is targeting a more upmarket audience, but will need to prove itself against established performers like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Class

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the BBC: "The Vehicle Certification Agency, the UK regulator, is working with vehicle manufacturers to ensure that this issue is not industry wide.

Opinion: why UK emissions inquiry doesn't make sense

"My priority is to protect the public as we go through the process of investigating what went wrong and what we can do to stop it happening again in the future."

The European Commission has also issued a statement, saying: "We invite all member states - in addition to the ones who are already doing so - to carry out all the necessary investigations. We need to have the full picture of whether and how many vehicles certified in the EU were fitted with defeat devices, which is banned by EU law."

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has previously sought to reassure UK car owners and issued a statement which said: “The UK automotive industry understands the concerns consumers may have following the actions of one manufacturer in regard to emissions testing and the subsequent decision to recall a large number of its cars. This is, however, an issue affecting just one company and there is no evidence to suggest that any other company is involved, let alone that this is an industry-wide issue.

“Consumers should be reassured that cars sold in the UK must comply with strict European laws. All cars must complete a standard emissions test, which, unlike in the US, is independently witnessed by a government-appointed independent agency."

Read more on the Volkswagen emissions scandal:

How the Volkswagen story unfolded

Reports suggest VW was warned of illegal software 'years ago'

How VW's 'defeat device' works

Top VW bosses to leave

Prosecutors to investigate Martin Winterkorn

PSA Peugeot Citroën leads calls for tougher emissions test procedures

Your key questions answered

BMW - why the X5 complied with independent US emissions test

Blog - it's time for firm action in the wake of the VW emissions scandal

Blog - what really happens in an official economy test

Blog - It's time VW started talking to its customers

Blog - thinking about buying a VW diesel? Carry on regardless

Blog - the VW Scandal and the growing dangers of its ripple effect

Blog - VW's scandal has put the entire motor industry under pressure

Blog - Winterkorn pays a high price

Blog - the emissions scandal could sink Volkswagen's US ambitions

Blog - are we about to see the death of diesel?

Blog - VW's US boss faces the music

Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below:

Join the debate

Comments
2

24 September 2015
That's the first intelligent thing Mr McLoughlin has done since the start of the Volkswagen Group scandal. When he implored the German authorities to investigate the Volkswagen's wrongdoings, I wondered what does he mean. Does the honourable secretary's ministry not have the resources to carry out the tests? I mean Britain is awash with Volkswagen trash from rather dowdy Skodas to rather pretty 'premium' Audis and everything in between and above. There must be plenty of dirty VW Group diesels in his own department. How difficult it is to get a few Volkswagen Group vehicles together and run your own tests! Not to mention his ministry, even Autocar could do that! i.e. if there was any will. Do we depend on Brussels or Merkel for this? If they had the guts to take on the PR genius of the Volkswagen Group, European authorities would've discovered the fraud that Volkswagen has been pulling over millions and millions of eyes for the last decade and over not the US.

24 September 2015
P45 :). Perfect for Hr Winterkorn!

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Our Verdict

Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 190 GT DSG
The new Volkswagen Passat is now in its eighth generation

The refocused Passat is targeting a more upmarket audience, but will need to prove itself against established performers like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Class

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week