European Union Empowered to Recall Vehicles Over Emission Violations

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
european union empowered to recall vehicles over emission violations

Updated rules have granted the European Commission the ability to not only check cars for emissions compliance, but also issue recalls for those found in violation.

Previously, recalls were required to be issued by the EU member nations that initially certified the vehicles. But the European Commission claims this tactic has allowed automakers to easily circumvent regulatory mandates, making large-scale recalls slower to progress for almost a decade. Following Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal in 2015, the EU ramped up efforts to consolidate regulatory powers after the United States was the one that initially busted the German automaker for cheating during pollution tests.

The European Commission will now be able to enact recalls on its own authority and fine automakers up to 30,000 euros ($35,725 USD) per vehicle. Those in broad opposition of giving Brussels additional authority have criticized the changes, while those supportive of the EU claim it will be able to deliver environmental justice more swiftly than individual nations.

According to Reuters, the European Commission will also be able revoke roadworthiness certifications. That’s likely to make the automotive industry more vulnerable to compensation claims from European customers purchasing vehicles that are later taken off the road. Rather than taking several smaller hits over a longer timeline, European manufacturers would now be subjected to one colossal lump sum. The Commission has already invested roughly €7 million into two testing labs for conducting vehicle tests.

However, individual nations will still be required to conduct tests on models already in circulation to ensure they’re eligible for continued certification. In fact, the EU suggested this will be an important aspect of uncovering vehicles utilizing defeat devices that are primarily aimed at beating preliminary emissions assessments (typically conducted in labs) but are less adept at fooling on-road appraisals.

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  • Gasser Gasser on Sep 01, 2020

    Don’t forget that Boris Johnson swore to the British that belonging to the EU was costing them 350 million pounds a week which would be spent on their ailing National Health Service. That’s about $20 Billion per year, or now what Britain will probably lose in a month post Brexit. P.S. Boris, don’t ask the U.S. for a handout, we have our own problems.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Sep 03, 2020

      @Inside Looking Out Arthur Dailey, " there are always going to be some who are against universal public health "... ... after reading your post I felt compelled to tell you that MY brother-in-law, married to the older of my two sisters, is a natural-born Canadian citizen, and..... ....HE prefers the US health system over anything Canada has to offer. He's been there, done that. Less drama with the US system, less wait time, far greater selection of doctors and specialists, and when he needs medical checkups or attention, he actually travels from Vancouver, BC, to the Seattle/Poulsbo/Desmoines area to see their doctor. I think you missed the boat with your conclusion, and fell into the water with your observation. You're in over your head and sinking. People from all over the world travel to the Mayo Clinic (in Scottsdale and elsewhere) for the better treatment and surgeries. Hell, the Mayo and other centers will even treat a patient if they do not have insurance coverage. Some people, given up for dead in Canada, undergo treatment at US medical centers and live many, many more decades after that. My brother-in-law was one of those given up for dead. But he is still alive and well today. I hope you or yours will NEVER need real-serious medical services because you can't get that under a Universal Health Care system, anywhere. Under such a system it is less expensive to let a patient die than to fork over $50-$60K for surgery and/or treatments.

  • ThomasSchiffer ThomasSchiffer on Sep 02, 2020

    It is about time that the EU[SSR] collapses. In order for that to happen, Germany needs to collapse. Merkel is doing a good job in that regard.

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    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Sep 02, 2020

      @karonetwentyc There cannot be EUSSR without Russia. Russia must join EU first. Otherwise it may not collapse.

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  • Cprescott Portable BBQ's for everyone!
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