The Committee of Inquiry of the EU Parliament on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector, which was set up after the VW emissions scandal was obscured, has been meeting for a year. Many meetings later, the final report as well as recommendations to the Council and the Commission have now been presented and adopted by the Committee of Inquiry with a significant majority. They list the failings of the various stakeholders, which led to the scandal and determine necessary further steps.


The final report by the Committee of Inquiry clearly shows: the Commission, the responsible authorities and the Member States were aware of the deviations as early as 2005. However, the means available to define type approvals in such a way that they come closer to real-world driving conditions, were not exhausted. More than half of the various working groups were made up of representatives of the automotive sector. Prior to September 2015, when the VW scandal was discovered, none of the authorities were looking for defeat devices to achieve better emission values under laboratory conditions, even though evidence already existed.


Also the Member States had their share in the scandal. In many cases, the type approval authorities did not have sufficient personnel and funds to carry out their own tests. The Member States neither properly monitored nor enforced existing legal requirements; apart from that, there were no sanction options to act as a deterrent in case of infringements.


In view of these failures, the Committee of Inquiry demands the quick adoption of stricter rules for the type approval proceedings for vehicles, as they were already dealt with in the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection of the European Parliament (IMCO) in February. In addition, it makes clear that the test centres need to have sufficient personnel to properly carry out their control and test function. In order to avoid different approaches in the individual Member States, MEPs also demand an independent EU agency for vehicle monitoring.


Hence, the final reports confirm that improvement is required in respect of reporting emissions and consumption for vehicles, which has been demanded by the AK for a long time. An AK Study shows the enormous discrepancies between standard and real-world fuel consumption: they are solely deceiving consumers! After all, consumption and emission data are among the key decision criteria when a new car is purchased.


Further information:

AK Europa: Stricter rules for car approvals

AK Study: Passenger Car Emissions: Standard and Real-World Fuel Consumption

Homepage of the Committee on Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector