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.
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.”