Drivers demand new emissions tests

Drivers demand new emissions tests

Calls for the Government to introduce new tests on vehicle emissions and fuel economy are gathering pace, with more than three in four drivers in favour of such a move.

New research by consumer watchdog Which? reveals public trust has been badly shaken by the Volkswagen scandal, which will see 8.5 million vehicles in Europe, including 1.2 million in the UK, recalled.

While over three-quarters of drivers want to see new tests introduced, 79% also expect to see more manufacturers drawn into the issue of cheating on emissions tests.

Which? is calling on the Government to open an independent investigation and to ensure consumers are not left out of pocket following the discovery of so-called defeat device software which was used to cheat environmental tests.

Its executive director Richard Lloyd says the scandal has rocked the industry.

But of the 1,500 car owners polled, just 19% think the Government has a clear action plan to deal with the fallout.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says he has been pressing for action at an EU level to improve emissions tests. He has also called for a Europe-wide investigation into the use of defeat devices.

Previous research by Which? found 90% of motorists who own a VW diesel manufactured between 2008-15 believe they should receive compensation.

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