The EU reaches a major deal for tougher car emissions tests after EUROCITIES Lobby efforts

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On 7 December, the Council presidency and the Parliament reached a provisional deal on reform of type-approval and market surveillance system, which gives the EU more oversight on how national authorities issue motor vehicle conformity certificates that allow them to be driven in our cities’ streets.

Aimed at avoiding another dieselgate scandal, this reform will strengthen the quality and frequency of testing for cars entering the market (one per every 40,000 vehicles), improve market surveillance for in-use vehicles, and achieving a better oversight of the approval process. 
This law, which will apply after 2020, will give the EU the power to recall vehicles when irregularities are found. The Commission will be able to fine manufacturers or technical services up to €30,000 per non-compliant car and scrutinise the work of each national car regulation authority every five years.
EUROCITIES has been lobbying for this reform. Earlier this year we published a position paper and also organised an event at the European Parliament together with T&E and BEUC. Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor of London, and Christophe Najdovski, deputy mayor of Paris, advocated for the importance of this reform to ensure that cars meet emission standards, resulting in cleaner cars driving in our cities.