EU gets the right to recall cars for violation of emission rulesSeptember 1, 2020
The European Commission will be able to revoke the vehicles and potentially revoke their roadworthiness certification if they violate EU emission restrictions under new regulations that aim to avoid a repeat of the Volkswagen Group diesel scandal.
The regulation empowers the executive branch of the European Union to check cars for compliance, order recalls in a block of 27 countries, and issue fines of up to € 30,000 per vehicle for automakers whose cars violate EU emissions or safety laws.
Previously, recall and fines could only be imposed by the national authority that approved the vehicle. The Commission said that the system does not allow for quick repairs of vehicles on a large enough scale.
The EU began renegotiating regulations in 2013, but tightened its plans following a diesel scandal in which VW admitted to scamming US emissions tests in 2015, resulting in global lawsuits costing the company more than $ 30 billion. Euro.
The new rules could also allow the Commission to revoke roadworthiness certification, potentially opening up the opportunity for automakers to receive compensation from European customers if they buy models that are subsequently withdrawn for violating EU law.
Usually an EU country takes action against a car manufacturer that does not comply with the rules. Now, if the Commission considers these actions insufficient, it can propose further corrective measures, including the withdrawal of the vehicle type approval, which requires the support of most EU countries, which means that the Member State cannot block them.
The commission will also begin conducting vehicle inspections and said it has invested € 7 million in two testing laboratories.
In the meantime, EU countries are required to conduct minimal checks on vehicles already on the road – a step that aims to identify the use of emission testing devices that do not perform well under test conditions from the real world.
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