The government’s commitment to clean air and the reduction of harmful emissions has been reaffirmed by the threat of heavy fines to car makers who supply vehicles that are designed to cheat emissions tests.
Manufacturers will be liable to pay up to £50,000 in fines for each new vehicle fitted with what is known as a “defeat device.”
All manufacturers have been made aware of these regulations which outline the government’s efforts to reduce air pollution and therefore ensure there is more clean air.
As part of its Clean Air Strategy, the government set out a range of measures because of the threat to public health that air pollution poses; according to the findings, only cancer, heart disease and obesity are bigger threats to public health.
And these tough new regulations are further measures to ensure pollution is reduced and that car manufacturers cannot navigate the system and pass emissions tests even when the level of emissions are not satisfactory.
The new regulations, known as The Road Vehicles (Defeat Device, Fuel Consumption and Type Approval) Regulations 2018, will go through Parliament before coming into force at the start of July.
Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, believes the new regulations will tackle “deplorable” behaviour.
“There has rightly been a huge public outcry against car manufacturers that have been cheating on emissions standards. Their behaviour has been dishonest and deplorable.
“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.”
In addition to these regulations and the publication of the Clean Air Strategy, the government has also announced plans in future to outline further steps as part of its drive to transition the UK to zero emission vehicles.
These further steps, as part of the Road to Zero Strategy, will be revealed in due course.