Dieselgate Scandal Prompts Germany to Introduce Random Emissions Testing

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The Dieselgate scandal is, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst situation Volkswagen got itself into. Other than Volkswagen, the scandal affected the automotive industry altogether by disgracing every vehicle motivated by a diesel engine. Germany's automotive industry was hit the hardest. As a consequence of this matter, Germany wants to introduce random emission testing to rebuild the public's confidence in its automotive sector.
According to a report published by Bild, officials are working on a proposal concerning random emission testing in Germany. Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt told the publication that the testing system will be completely random, unannounced, and will target all manufacturers with sales operations in the country. In plain English, the random emission testing system is comparable to random doping tests.

A draft of the proposal is expected to be sent to the lower house of the Parliament on Thursday. From there on in, it’s up to the Bundestag to decide if such tests will help the German automotive industry wash its sins. If the proposal passes as law, it will be interesting to wait and see if other European countries such as France, Spain, and Great Britain will take up the idea and implement similar emissions testing procedures.

While the German government is busy making proposals to prevent another Dieselgate from happening, regulators in the United States are hard on the heels of Volkswagen. The manufacturer’s proposed fix for its cheating 2-liter TDI engines was rejected by the California Air Resources Board. Why's that?

An excerpt from the clean air agency’s release on the rejected fix mentions that “the proposed plans contain gaps and lack sufficient detail,” “the descriptions of proposed repairs lack enough information for a technical evaluation,” and “the proposals do not adequately address overall impacts on vehicle performance, emissions, and safety.” That’s the California Air Resources Board’s way of giving the middle finger to Volkswagen.

At the end of the day, Volkswagen made a decision to cheat on emissions by using a defeat device, then it tried to cover it by acting all mighty. Compounding a lie is bad enough, but signing Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life after you’ve been caught red-handed is the lowest a liar can go.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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