An unfair world - VW emissions scandal

THE suggestion that the EU might introduce tougher car emissions tests in the wake of the Volkswagen rigging scandal will undoubtedly provoke the usual protests from the usual free-market interest groups. 

They should be ignored and dismissed with force. The EU and all European national governments should immediately move to impose the kind of standards that might help slow climate change.

The Swiss government has set a precedent on this by suspending sales of VW diesel vehicles that could contain devices capable of cheating emissions tests, including Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW vehicles built between 2009 and 2014. The Bern authorities said this could affect 180,000 vehicles but did not say how this might affect private car owners.

Germany was the decisive voice in arguments insisting that Irish taxpayers make good the losses suffered by German banks who supported our casino banks. It is an indication of how unfair the world is that it is fantasy to hope that the principle be applied again and German taxpayers pick up the incredible bill for VW’s criminal fraud.

More on this topic

Volkswagen working with Amazon to improve worldwide factory efficiencyVolkswagen working with Amazon to improve worldwide factory efficiency

Volkswagen sued in US over diesel cheatingVolkswagen sued in US over diesel cheating

Volkswagen wins appeal against diesel car owner: German courtVolkswagen wins appeal against diesel car owner: German court

Porsche stops making diesel models after VW emissions scandalPorsche stops making diesel models after VW emissions scandal


Lifestyle

A parent coach says parents are often the best judge of how to care for their baby – and explains how they can learn to have faith in their intuition.Ask an expert: How can I know what’s best for my baby?

We take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened on this day in years gone by by looking back at some Irish Examiner front pages and highlighting other events which went down in history across the world.August 23, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

Leslie Williams sampled the seafood at Cavistons in Dublin.Restaurant Review: Cavistons - Charming staff, the freshest fish, solid cooking

More From The Irish Examiner