EU rules needed to stop truck NOx fraud

The Danish government has called on the European Commission to develop new rules for member states after its testing revealed that lorries equipped with widely available cheating devices have up to 45 times higher NOx emissions than those with a properly functioning cleaning system. Cheating typically occurs when electronic emulator devices are used to disconnect the engine emission reduction system.

James Nix at Transport & Environment said that far more roadside inspections were needed. Data suggests that more than one third of trucks are cheating, often by adding devices to trick the engine control system that NOx abatement fluid has been added, and a stronger EU response is definitely needed, said Nix, adding that trucks now account for more than 50 per cent of NOx in some cities, including London, Berlin and Stockholm.

Source: Ends Europe Daily, 14 November 2018.


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