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Realistic vehicle emissions tests come into force

New vehicles sold in the EU now have to pass ‘real world’ emissions tests—with the old lab-based system found to be ineffective following the ‘dieselgate’ scandal.

The Real Driving Emissions test came into force across the EU on 1 September. In a statement, the European Commission said the test would “ensure more reliable results and help to rebuild confidence in the performance of new cars”.

“For the time being, diesel cars remain part of our lives and we must rebuild confidence in this technology. That is why having new and more reliable tests for new cars is essential,” said Elżbieta Bieńkowska, the industry commissioner.

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