News on environmental zones and air pollution
Almost 4 years after Dieselgate, new authorisation rules have been introduced. The previous protocol from 1974 was replaced by the new WLTP (Worldwide harmonized light vehicles test procedures) protocol. However, it is doubtful that emission control will be carried out independently. In France for instance, this responsibility falls to a private body belonging to the Association des constructeurs automobiles. In addition, the latest tests carried out by the NGO Transport & Environnement show an average difference of 12% between the actual and announced emissions for three tested models: Honda Civic, Ford Fiesta and Opel Adam. This will not help to restore buyer confidence.