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European Union states accused over Volkswagen scandal

By Neil Lancefield

Published 29/10/2015

European Union countries have been accused of a
European Union countries have been accused of a "shockingly cynical move" in agreeing to allow diesel cars to pollute more than double the current legal limit as part of a package to introduce real world emissions testing following the Volkswagen scandal

European Union countries have been accused of a "shockingly cynical move" in agreeing to allow diesel cars to pollute more than double the current legal limit as part of a package to introduce real world emissions testing following the Volkswagen scandal.

The decision was made just hours after VW posted a third-quarter loss of e3.5bn (£2.5bn).

The German car-maker's results show it would have made a profit of e3.2bn (£2.3bn) if the "diesel issue" had not emerged.

Experts from 28 EU nations gathered in Brussels at a meeting of the technical committee of motor vehicles to agree by a large majority that cars will undergo real driving emissions (RDE) tests as well as laboratory examinations from September 2017.

The European Commission released a statement which said the difference between test results would be allowed because of the "technical limits" in the short-term improvement of diesel vehicles.

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