BRAKE, the road safety charity, is urging the government to make sure there are no delays to the implementation of new “real world” car emissions tests set to be introduced in 2017.
This follows shocking results from an investigation across the whole industry by the Department for Transport.
The DfT investigation saw 37 cars tested, and found levels of pollution were much higher on the road that they are in the laboratory.
Not a single model met the EU lab NOx limit in real-world testing. The average emissions were five times higher than they should be and some cars’ NOx levels were 12 times higher.
During the tests, no other car manufacturer was found to be using any device that cheats the emissions tests, as was the case in the Volkswagen scandal.
However, it has emerged that Mitsubishi incorrectly measured fuel efficiency data across a range of its models.
The investigation’s tests revealed that most vehicles perform very differently in laboratory testing than they do in real life on-the-road driving conditions.