MEP speaks out over Volkswagen emission revelations
Member of the European Parliament has this week claimed the name
Volkswagen "has become a dirty word" following the revelation
that the firm manipulated US diesel car emissions tests.
Girling, Conservative environment spokesman in the European Parliament,
said the company's admission of wholesale cheating has completely
changed the political and legislative mood.
of the biggest names in motor manufacturing, if not down and not
out is on the ropes and reeling. In a few hours, a household name
has become a dirty word," she said in Parliament Magazine.
believe the scandal will focus our attention still further on
what can be learned from the United States, the place where this
cheating was detected and where the story broke."
Girling, who is the lead MEP on legislation currently going through
the European Parliament on air quality, added: "The US runs
a very different system of regulation from Europe. There, they
set standards and then do random tests (known as surveillance
testing) on vehicles...they take cars off the road and test them
for emissions performance throughout their on-road life."
the EU, by contrast... we lay out the performance standards on
new vehicles, test them and then put them on the road without
any further testing. We assume that what happens on the road for
the car's life is the same as at the pre-launch test station."
the last decade, the EU Commission and the industry have known
that the on the road, in real driving conditions, vehicles do
not perform as the tests suggest they would. Can that really remain
the status quo?"
a company as big and reputable as Volkswagen could buck the system
- how can we trust the system at all?"