2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Alexander Dobrindt wants to take radical action against manipulation of emissions tests. Nevertheless, the Federal Transport Minister was not spared criticism from the opposition.
Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt is relying on a deterrent effect of the planned stricter emissions controls as a lesson from the VW scandal. "These are powerful measures so that it is clear to everyone in the future too: The attempt at manipulation does not go undetected," said the CSU politician on Thursday in a current hour in the Bundestag. Manufacturers should be required to disclose engine software to the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA). Technical inspection services should take turns at car manufacturers. In “anti-pollutant doping tests”, unannounced vehicles are to be checked. State test stands are to be created for this purpose.
Dobrindt rejects companionship
The opposition accused Dobrindt of hesitancy and lack of transparency in providing information. The investigative commission he appointed is more of an advisory commission, criticized left traffic expert Herbert Behrens. It is unacceptable if the manipulation of pollutant values is profitable before health. Greens parliamentary deputy Oliver Krischer spoke of a “gigantic industrial and environmental problem”. Exceeding exhaust emissions takes place with many car brands. "We can no longer accept that the industry is still accepting this with approval."
The CDU MP Oliver Wittke stressed fraud at VWare to be punished. To transfer the criminal behavior of a single company to the entire industry is outrageous. "The auto industry is and will remain a strong industry in Germany." Arno Klare (SPD) pointed out that data protection must be guaranteed when the engine software is disclosed.
Dobrindt rejected allegations of being too close to the auto industry. "Partnership is not about chum." The federal government clarifies in the interests of customers, the economy and employees. (dpa)