New EU rules that allow car firms to keep their emissions control systems secret from the public risk another dieselgate and should be made illegal, say environmental lawyers
New EU rules that allow car manufacturers to keep pollution control systems secret from the public should be declared illegal, according to environmental lawyers.
The systems can legally cut emissions controls under certain conditions on the road, meaning more pollution is produced. But keeping these strategies secret risks another “dieselgate” scandal, according to ClientEarth lawyers, who announced on Monday that they are seeking to challenge the regulation in the European Union’s court of justice.
In the dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen were caught cheating emissions rules by using software to hoodwink lab-based tests. New stricter tests came into force in September in the EU, including an on-the-road component. However, manufacturers say the emissions controls must still be ramped down at certain temperatures to protect engines.
Car makers must declare such strategies to national regulators but they claim that making them public would breach their commercial confidentiality. ClientEarth disagrees, arguing that such secrecy violates EU law.
“Dieselgate uncovered the huge lack of political will to hold car manufacturers to account for dangerous and illegal emissions,” said ClientEarth lawyer Anaïs Berthier. “To allow industry to continue keeping information on its emissions secret now sounds like a bad joke.”
“This information must be public, so individuals and NGOs can monitor whether car manufacturers are complying with vehicle emissions rules and if national authorities are keeping the industry on the straight and narrow,” she said.
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