Tag: clean air standards
First published by Admin on July 03, 2018 in the following categories: Emissions News and tagged with clean air standards | diesel vehicles | dieselgate | emissions scandal | fuel emissions | volkswagen
It’s July 2018, which means the new emissions laws have come into force to stop future Volkswagen style emissions scandals.
The new legislation, at the very least, acts as a far better deterrent to prevent future emissions scandals.
The new emissions laws have been brought in to specifically crack down on emissions cheats like Volkswagen. To make sure they’re punished for their historic cheating, we’re a part of the Steering Committee of law firms taking legal action against VW for over 60,000 victims in England and Wales.
Porsche limiting European sales speaks volumes in terms of the inability of VW Group brands to keep their diesel engines legal.
At the time of the announcement, Porsche said that the number of models sold in Europe would be limited as a result of the changes to emissions testing; changes that likely stemmed from the Volkswagen emissions scandal in the first place.
Although they’re not the only carmaker to have halted or limited sales as a result of the changes, the Porsche recalls and the “Dieselgate” scandal itself say a lot in terms of the legality of these engines in my view.
UK facing top European Court over air pollution should act as catalyst for punishing emissions cheaters like Volkswagen
The fact that the UK is facing being taken to the top European Court over air pollution should act as catalyst for punishing emissions cheaters like Volkswagen.
The UK is looking at fines that could run into the millions of pounds and has been referred to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission over failures to maintain vital pollution targets.
The Commission has reportedly issued “letters of formal notice” which may then lead to formal action against the UK.
The VW class action case really matters if we are to fight air pollution and improve air quality in the UK. Our urban areas are in such a state that some reportedly hit annual limits at the start of 2018; Brixton being one of them. Remarkably, this was apparently an improvement on the year before where it was breached in a week!
So, when we have one of the biggest companies in the world ignoring its corporate social responsibility and deciding to deliberately cheat emissions testing, we have to take it seriously, and we have to take action.
The VW class action we are on the Steering Committee for is designed to do just that.
We have noted before that experts say German automakers, like Volkswagen who have been caught out cheating emissions testing, are responsible for additional early deaths as a result of the extra pollution they caused.
Former government chief scientist, Sir David King, literally stated that they have “blood on their hands“; so, what’s being done about it? Are companies like Volkswagen going to be punished like they deserve to be?
Chancellor Philip Hammond launched a two-pronged attack on diesel cars to tackle the emissions problem in the U.K. Since the Volkswagen emissions scandal came to light, scientists have found that the excessive levels of NOx being polluted is contributing to premature deaths and exacerbating breathing and heart problems.
Hammond wants to introduce a U.K. version of the Euro 6, called the Real Driving Emissions Step 2 (RDE2), by April 2019. Any diesel vehicles that don’t conform may face increased vehicle excise duty (VED) and benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax.