Vehicle emissions inquiry is political posturing

17-Dec-2015 @ 14:0

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  A European Parliament Committee of Inquiry into vehicle emissions in the wake of the VW revelations is unnecessary and will add nothing to attempts to tackle the issue, Conservative MEPs believe.The European Parliament today agreed to establish a formal inquiry into vehicle emission measurements just six weeks after concluding that such a move was not needed.



Conservative MEPs voted against the proposal, pointing out important revisions to automative legislation had already been introduced or were imminent, covering both framework and secondary legislation, and that legal action was in the pipeline alleging fraudulent behaviour by some manufacturers.


Environment Co-ordinator Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, said: "We cannot support a Committee of Inquiry which will bring no additional light to a situation already subject to intense scrutiny by the Member States and the Commission. When the committee presents its conclusions later next year it will only service to ask questions that have already been answered.


"This seems more like political posturing than the real, effective action that is required."

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