2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
Alexander Dobrindt asked the manufacturers to independently generate more realistic exhaust gas values. According to the transport minister, car manufacturers should not take advantage of the permitted leeway.
Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt has called on the car industry to make independent commitments for more realistic emissions values in view of the loss of trust after the VW scandal. "At this point, I expect the auto industry to take a much more aggressive approach," said the CSU politician to the German press agency. "As long as the new legal regulations have not yet been implemented at European level, the automotive groups should make a voluntary commitment and not exhaust the currently permitted leeway in the measurement procedures."
In addition to laboratory tests, comparable measurements in real road traffic should also be part of such a commitment. “You could do that on a defined route of 100 kilometers in length with sections of the route in and out of town,” said Dobrindt. If the manufacturers who have vehicles approved in Germany carry out consumption tests on this route, at least among these providers there is a realistic comparison. The results should then be published on an online platform. "That would rebuild lost trust," said the minister.
Dobrindt criticizes the scope
One thing is for the legislator to change the rules, which is only possible at European level. "Even if we are working hard on it, it is a lengthy process." Something different is therefore what the auto industry can do of its own accord. “I'll talk to the industry about that in the new year,” said Dobrindt.
He emphasized that the previous regulations left too much leeway, which some manufacturers would have made extensive use of. “Today the worst engineer with the worst engine can claim the greatest exceptions. That must not be."
Dobrindt is therefore committed to the EU levelfor stricter rules. For example, shutdowns of the exhaust gas cleaning system should only be accepted if there are no other options for engine protection using the “best available technologies” according to the state of the art. "I am very dissatisfied that we have still not been able to reach an agreement at European level," he said.
Wissmann warns of tightening
In addition to the controversial laboratory tests, mandatory measurements on the road (Real Driving Emissions, RDE) will gradually start in the EU from September 2017. The background to this is that the real exhaust gas values are sometimes considerably higher than the results in the laboratory.
A voluntary commitment failed terribly years ago. In the course of the fraud with the diesel particulate filters, the workshops should undertake to replace the fraud filters free of charge, which in reality did not work.
Meanwhile, the German auto industry has again warned against tightening emissions regulations. "Politicians should accompany us on this path by challenging us, but also keeping an eye on the international environment," said VDA President Matthias Wissmann to the Tagesspiegel. Europe already has the strictest CO2 limits in the world. "The EU should act with a sense of proportion and not over-tighten the regulatory screw unilaterally at the expense of the competitiveness of European manufacturers." (dpa)