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Government launches vehicle emissions testing institute

Germany’s transport and environment ministries have announced plans to crack down on vehicle emissions, almost two years after the Volkswagen scandal broke.

Ministers announced on 27 June that they would discuss a national plan to cut pollution from diesel engines and set up a vehicle-testing organisation called the German Institute for Consumption and Emission Measurement, or Divem, according to an article published by the news website Zeit Online.

Divem will ensure more “transparency and reliability” by bringing consumer organisations, local governments and environmental groups into play, the news agency Reuters reported on 27 June. It will test about 70 car models a year and will use realistic driving scenarios rather than just lab conditions. The results will be made public.

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