UK government knew of VW fraud almost a year ago and failed to investigate

According to the government’s own figures, nitrogen oxide has since contributed to over 20,000 deaths

The British government was sent evidence of rigged diesel emissions tests 11 months ago and failed to act, it is claimed.

The Department for Transport confirmed that it received a 60-page report that included details of the scam, back in October.

It was sent to the government by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), the same research organisation that helped authorities uncover the fraud in America.

The information contained within the report cited “strong evidence” that car makers were manipulating emissions results.

Every year the UK breaches EU emissions levels and more than 29,000 deaths are attributed to air pollution – more than passive smoking and car accidents combined.

Nitrogen dioxide – the toxic gas produced by diesel engines is a particular problem, and in London levels are not forecast to fall within legal EU levels until after 2030.

In a statement, the Department for Transport said: “The UK government continues to push for the introduction of real-world driving emissions testing at the earliest possible opportunity. However, the ICCT report did not generate any further specific actions.”

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  • Anonymous

    Cut cigarette tax and add it to Diesel.

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  • Anonymous

    Stringent law required and guilty in govt must be brought to the book

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  • Anonymous

    Stringent law required and guilty in govt must be brought to the book

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