Dieselgate: the 28 agree to revise the Vehicle Licensing ActMonday, 29 May 2017 16:58
The Parliament and the Council will, together with the Commission, now open a "trilogue" to reach a final agreement on the subject.
The new procedures aim at improving the quality of the tests carried out on the new models. They will have to be realised under real circumstances ('Real Driving Emissions Test').
The Maltese Presidency has maintained, despite opposition from some delegations, the possibility for the Commission to impose fines directly on manufacturers who have infringed EU legislation, but only if no member state has already sanctioned or acquitted the operator concerned.
These fines, which could amount to up to 30,000 euros, are one of the flagship measures proposed.
Another novelty is that Member States have aligned themselves with the possibility for the national authorities and the Commission to carry out spontaneous checks on at least one out of 50,000 vehicles already in circulation.
Several surveys are under way in different Member States. The Commission has opened infringement procedures against Member States for failing to apply penalties or for ensuring that certain models of vehicles have not been adequately insured. Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy are targeted in particular.
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