Girling: Car emissions testing must be brought into 21st century

South West MEP and Furbisher media client Julie Girling is working to ensure that new and realistic vehicle exhaust-gas tests are not delayed in the wake of the VW emissions scandal.

She is warning today that a rejection by MEPs this week of changes to car emissions testing procedures would only hold up improvements to air quality.

The European Parliament will tomorrow (Wednesday) vote on a proposal to block the introduction of so-called "Real Driving Emissions" (RDE) testing.

RDE tests aim to ensure that emissions tests take place in real-world operating conditions, and will help address the problem of high nitrogen dioxide emissions from diesel vehicles. This is a big change from the current "Type Approval" testing which only uses laboratory tests.

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