MEPs to consider vetoing plan to relax diesel car emission limits
A proposal to veto a draft decision to raise diesel car emission limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx) by up to 110% when the long-awaited Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test procedure is introduced will be discussed on Monday and put to a vote at the next plenary session. The Environment Committee argues that Parliament should veto plans to relax the limits because this would undermine the enforcement of existing EU standards.
MEPs will also vote on Thursday on the composition of the 45 member inquiry committee set up last December, in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal, to investigate breaches of EU rules on car emission tests and alleged failures to enforce EU standards.
Debate on Real Driving Emissions tests
As part of a package to introduce the RDE test procedure, endorsed by EU member states in the Technical Committee for Motor Vehicles (TCMV) on 28 October, the European Commission proposed to raise car NOx emission limits by up to 110%.
The new RDE procedure is designed to make emission tests more realistic, by using a portable device to do them on the road. The current laboratory-based procedure suffers from various loopholes which carmakers exploit to brand their products as cleaner than they really are.
Procedure: Legislative resolution (objection to delegated act)
Debate: Monday, 18 January
Vote: February I
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