EU in ‘Mexican standoff’ over independent checks on car emissions
Leaked documents reveal EU pledge to carry out tests deleted from draft as governments come under pressure from carmakers
Monday 28 November 2016 14.48 GMT
Plans for independent checks of how much pollution new cars emit are being killed off by EU member states, according to leaked documents seen by the Guardian.
After the Dieselgate scandal, the European commission proposed empowering its respected science wing, the Joint Research Centre, to inspect vehicles separately from national authorities, which are paid by the car manufacturers they regulate.
But an EU pledge to “organise and carry out” emissions tests has been deleted from a draft regulation, which will be discussed by EU ministers this week in Brussels.