There are now 43 million dirty diesels on Europe’s roads, and their numbers continue to grow three years after the ‘Dieselgate scandal’ was exposed, a new report concludes.
Even a diesel car that passed the EU’s new on-road test emits nine times the legal amount of nitrogen oxides (NOx) when driven in a way more representative of typical driving, new testing shows.
Non-governmental organisation Transport & Environment (T&E), which authored the report, said it shows combustion engines – including those which passed the official Real-Driving Emissions test – are not clean and will continue to pollute in the foreseeable future.
The number of grossly-polluting diesel cars and vans on our roads has increased by 5 million since last year and is up 14 million on when the Dieselgate cheating was exposed on this day three years ago. There are 8.7 million dirty diesels in France; 8.2 million in Germany; 7.3 million in the UK; and 5.3 million in Italy.