UK Government to introduce vehicle ‘surveillance testing’

The Department of Transport will randomly test samples of vehicles and components

 

An announcement by the UK government has confirmed that new ‘surveillance testing’ on vehicles will also be carried out alongside the recently approved Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests that are due to start next year following last year’s emissions scandal.

The new surveillance tests will be carried out on a random sample of components and vehicles that are for sale in the UK, in order to ensure that everything complies with approved standards.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the new tests are expected to “reduce the risk that products entering the market are non-compliant”. To date, the DfT has not released much information on how the new surveillance tests will be carried out but details are due finalised in the following months.

Starting next year, the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) tests will be phased in throughout the whole of Europe and will consist of a few real world driving emissions evaluations.

Recent independent testing by the UK and German governments have emphasised the difference between legitimate laboratory test results and real world emissions figures.

Even though no other auto manufacturers, except for Volkswagen, were involved in the emissions scandal, the investigation team in Germany requested other manufacturers to willingly recall any of their cars that did not meet the expected standards.

In the UK, Audi, Suzuki, Mercedes and Vauxhall have now all agreed to voluntarily recall any models that do not meet the required standards.

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