Labour MEP takes role on Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Inquiry

January 26, 2016

This week, I was pleased to be appointed to the European Parliament's special inquiry committee into the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The committee will investigate whether the Commission and member states, including the UK government, knew about the illegal activity by the car industry and failed to act.

It is crucial we get to the bottom of this scandal to recover trust in the car industry, learn lessons, and get to grips with the air quality crisis blighting Londoners' lives.

 The committee will investigate the following issues:

  • the Commission’s alleged failure to keep test cycles under review,
  • the alleged failure of the Commission and member states’ authorities to take proper and effective action to enforce and oversee enforcement of the explicit ban on “defeat devices”,
  • the Commission’s alleged failure to introduce tests reflecting the real-world driving conditions,
  • the member states’ alleged failure to lay down provisions on effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties applicable to manufacturers for infringements, and
  • whether the Commission and the member states had evidence of the use of “defeat mechanisms” before the scandal emerged on 18 September 2015.

The Committee of Inquiry on Emissions Measurements will begin work in February, delivering its final recommendations at the end of 2016.

The Committee's website can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/emis/home.html

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