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UK begins VW emissions scandal probe

Date: 09 October 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Transport secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has confirmed that the Government has started testing Volkswagen vehicles fitted with the infamous defeat devices to establish whether these vehicles meet emissions standards.

"I can confirm that the UK has now started its own testing programme. This will get to the bottom of what the situation is for VW Group cars in the UK and ensure we understand the wider implications for other car types to give all consumers certainty," he said.

The Government said it will initially re-test Euro 5 diesel cars that contain the defeat devices to measure NOx emissions that were artificially lowered in US tests by software that recognised when cars were being tested.

The re-testing procedure will involve both lab and real-world testing, with the measurements being used as a benchmark for further tests, it added.

"I have also today repeated my call for a Europe-wide investigation into the use of defeat devices, in parallel to the work we are doing in the UK," McLoughlin added.

Meanwhile, the UK MD of the Volkswagen Group, Paul Willis, has been called as a witness by Commons Transport Select Committee to give evidence on the emissions scandal next week.

Mike Hawes, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive will also be in attendance. He will speak on behalf of the wider motor manufacturing sector, while Government representatives - including McLoughlin - will also be there.