Letter to Department for Transportation and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs re investigation on use of defeat devices

Government must stop dragging its feet and immediately investigate industry cheating on air pollution standards in the UK.

London | 24 September 2015 | Letter attached

Environmental law organisation ClientEarth has today written to the Department for Transport  demanding that it establish whether VW’s use of ‘defeat devices’ to cheat on emissions tests is part of wider industry practice.

The letter also requires the Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin, to release all information his department holds on the real-world emissions performance of cars licensed for sale on UK roads.

James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth, said: “Five days into the diesel emissions scandal the government has taken no action to reassure the public that cars on our roads meet even the lax standards required by EU law. Italy and Germany have launched investigations: why does our government have no appetite for tackling the problem?

“The industry has shown it cannot be trusted. We cannot wait for action from the EU. First responsibility for protecting our health lies with our own government. The public must know the full scale of the problem and urgent action must be taken to fix it. Flouting laws enacted to protect our health cannot be tolerated."

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Published September 24, 2015
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