Under new Government legislation carmakers will face fines of as much as £50,000 for every vehicle if they try to cheat emission tests.
The new legislation will come into effect on the 1st of July after a consultative process that started in February.
The legislation will not be applied retroactively, which offers little consolation for those who own cars from Volkswagen who have been involved in the 2015 ‘dieselgate’ scandal. What is also not addressed are funds lost in company car tax and VED because of inaccurate CO2 ratings on cars from the VW Group.
Had the new legislation been applied retroactively, VW would have had to pay £60 billion in terms of fines because the scandal affected 1.2 million vehicles in Britain. The British taxpayer only received £1.1 billion from the company.
The Road Vehicles (Defeat Device, Fuel Consumption and Type Approval) Regulations 2018 will force car manufacturers to pay a fine for every vehicle that is revealed to be equipped with a ‘cheat device’ of the same type used in certain Volkswagen diesel engines.
The Department of Transport said the VW scandal revealed the need for “stringent penalties for manufacturers fitting devices to circumvent the regulatory tests, to provide a sufficient deterrent in the future.”
After the dieselgate scandal, the DfT carried out tests on a wide array of diesel vehicles in this country, but found that no other manufacturer was guilty of using Volkswagen’s devious practices to hide the true emissions of its vehicles.
Jesse Norman, the Transport Minister, said: “These tough new regulations are designed to ensure that those who cheat will be held to proper account in this country, legally and financially, for their actions.”
The DfT also suggests that all carmakers switch over to the significantly more realistic WLTP fuel consumption data in their advertising, marketing and brochures from 1 January 2019.
Will your car be banned from Scotland?
And now on to more motoring news, this time from Scotland where motorists will soon face automatic fines or could even be banned from entering certain cities should their vehicles not meet stringent clean air standards.
This comes after new legislation that prepared the way for four LEZs (low-emission zones) within two years was introduced this week.
In terms of this legislation, older diesel and petrol vehicles will be banned from certain areas of Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow in an attempt to benefit public health.
The Transport Bill also implements a ban on parking on pavements and double parking.
Not everyone is happy about this. Critics condemned what they described as an ‘attack on motorists’, and warned that hundreds of thousands of struggling families and businesses will have to spend huge amounts to replace their vehicles.
For small businesses having to replace their fleet could of course also mean higher fleet insurance.
To enforce the LEZs, ministers plan to establish a national penalty programme, monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras.
The Scottish government will set up country-wide standards for the types of vehicles are allowed into the zones, and set fines for illegal entry.
Based on European emission standards, the scheme is likely to affect diesel cars registered before September 2014 and petrol vehicles registered before January 2006.Previous Post Next Post