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UK Government to clamp down on emissions cheats

The UK Government has just launched a new consultation document that outlines its plans to clamp down on carmakers that fit emissions defeat (cheat) devices to their vehicles. If the document is accepted, offending car manufacturers could be required to pay unlimited fines in the UK.

This British Department of Transport report titled ‘Road vehicles Improving air quality and safety’ actually explains that it intends to create a new civil and/or criminal offence of supplying a vehicle fitted with an emissions defeat device that, aimed of deliberately circumventing type approval regulations. The idea is that Manufacturers, importers and dealers could all be affected.

In one part of the report, it states: “Given the recent VW Dieselgate scandal and the strong imperative to improve air quality as set out in the UK Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations, we are investigating what more can be done.”

The consultation also outlines a proposal to require manufacturers to change all of their published information on fuel consumption for all cars from current NEDC to the new WLTP figures by January 1, 2019.

“We believe that this approach of figures for all manufacturers and vehicles changing on the same day will minimise (although not eliminate) confusion for consumers and will also be easier for vehicle manufacturers and dealers to handle. But we are seeking views from all interested parties to help determine the best policy,” the consultation document stated.

Manufacturers will be required to publish WLTP CO2 emissions figures for all models by April 6, 2020, at which point Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will be based on that figure.​

You can see the consultation document ‘Road vehicles Improving air quality and safety’ here: