France, Italy and Spain accused of delaying tougher car emissions tests

France, Italy and Spain accused of delaying tougher car emissions tests

France, Italy and Spain have been accused of trying to slow down the introduction of tougher car emissions tests, despite knowing that the old ones were causing more pollution.

A draft European Parliament probe report said the three countries, among others, "acted on several occasions to delay the adoption process of the ... tests and to favour less stringent testing methods".

The investigating committee, launched after the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, said the European Commission did not do enough to ensure that the tests were quickly improved to reflect real-world driving conditions.

Some countries were also accused of failing to enforce a European ban on "defeat devices" even though they should have suspected the stealth software was being used to get around the emissions tests."

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