Plan to introduce real driving emission tests

Plan to introduce real driving emission tests

Method to check pollution levels more accurately

Plan to introduce real driving emission tests

In the event of some of the global automobile giants found cheating on vehicle emission standard, the Centre is working on introducing a new method of real driving emission tests instead of the existing system of laboratory testing.

Real driving emission tests will also help check vehicular pollution levels more accurately and pinpoint any faults in the new vehicles, an official from the Ministry of Road Transport told DH. 

The Ministries of Road Transport and Heavy Industries are in consultation with various stakeholders.
After collecting proper data on emission of new vehicles and their laboratory testing emission levels, the government will arrive at the final decision on introducing the new system, said the official.

Several international analyses have shown that vehicle emissions are more on road than in laboratory conditions.

In Europe, the real driving emission tests will become applicable to new models from September 2017.

With increasing concern over vehicular pollution, the government is taking a number of steps to curb it. The proposed amendments to Motor Vehicles Act include stringent penalty provisions if any automobile manufacturer is found cheating in emission standard.

If manufacturers of motor vehicles is caught cheating emission standard or using substandard component in vehicles, they will be punishable with a jail term up to one year or fine up to Rs 100 crore or both, says the new bill which was introduced in the just concluded Parliament session.

Last year, German automobile giant Volkswagen announced its plans to update the engines of over 3 lakh vehicles that it recalled in India after a government-ordered probe found them using diesel engines equipped with a defeat device that helps cheat emission tests. Volkswagen had faced charges of cheating on emission standard after the US government issued a notice for violation of Clean Air Act after vehicles produced by it were found fitted with a software that helped manipulate emission levels during laboratory tests.

Stringent penalty provisions

Automobile manufacturers found cheating on emission standard or using substandard component in vehicles, will be punishable with a jail term up to one year or fined up to Rs 100 crore or both

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