Local industry backs tougher emissions tests for carmakers
THE Irish car industry said it would welcome better emissions tests to give motorists more confidence in the cars they are driving.
The European Commission is seeking to introduce tough new tests from 2017, which would ensure carmakers carry out tests in realistic road conditions instead of in laboratory conditions that give lower readings for carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
Currently, carmakers can use tricks, such as overinflating tyres or testing cars at unrealistically high temperatures or on super-smooth tracks, which don't give a real picture of normal fuel use and emissions.
The European Automobile Manufacturers Association has been lobbying to get the more stringent tests delayed. But the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) said that it would support the introduction of better tests.
"Anything that would give consumers more confidence would be welcomed by us," said SIMI managing director Alan Nolan.