The Volkswagen scandal that involved almost 11 million manufactured vehicles worldwide shamed Europe and its emissions limits. The EU had pledged to enforce stricter limits and to toughen its emissions testing.
Many view the move to be too little too late even if diesel car manufacturers only have until 2020 to comply.
Public negativity looms around Volkswagen as it appeared to have cheated the EU system and its customers.
Environmental campaign groups had pressed the European Commission and its 28 governments for stricter laws and implementation of emissions testing and limitation.
The Diesel Difficulty
Environmental groups view Volkswagen’s ‘cheating’ of the emissions test the reason why existing emission levels are still very high in the last 15 years. The Netherlands called on the EU for stricter enforcement of road test emission targets. France and Spain urged restraint and have a lenient approach.
The decision to implement a weaker testing framework and allowing manufacturers exceed legal levels of nitrous oxide by 110 per cent by September 2017 and the start of 2020 was a weak but uneasy decision.
Europe’s car manufacturers focus heavily on diesel vehicles.
Analysts said Europe must not remain lenient to diesel manufacturers and must penalise them as the governments are punishing companies who adopted Greener technologies for less pollution on the road with their non-strict laws.