Dieselgate – 35 million manipulated cars on our streets and still no action

(EurActiv, 14 Mar 2018) Despite the European Parliament’s Dieselgate inquiry committee, the European Commission is standing by, hiding behind bureaucratic squabbling to avoid taking its responsibilities, write Claude Turmes and Zdzisław Krasnodębski.

Claude Turmes (Luxembourg) and Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski (Poland) are Members of the European Parliament. They respectively sit with the Greens/EFA and the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) political groups.

In many European inner cities, air quality is disastrous – a condition caused by the deliberate manipulation by the car manufacturers of 35 million diesel cars sold over the last few years.

After years of omertà, a German court has now paved the way for driving bans for diesel cars in German cities. This is a potential solution for German cities, but what if the bulk of the 35 million manipulated cars ends up in Central and Eastern Europe through secondary market?

Even though the European Union has instated ever stricter emissions standards since the 1970s, air quality has not improved, on the contrary. The blame – which we know since the Dieselgate scandal has come to light – lies with the car manufacturers, who have bypassed the legal limits with cheating software and have knowingly put the health of millions of citizens in Europe at risk.

New diesel motors are much worse on NO2 than old ones because they inject diesel more thinly and with higher pressure. Deliberately cheating on the abatement technology with these motors emitting high NO2 levels is a criminal activity that should have consequences.

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EurActiv, 14 Mar 2018: Dieselgate – 35 million manipulated cars on our streets and still no action