The European Commission announced that it has opened an investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW colluded to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol and diesel cars.
Responding to the announcement, ClientEarth lawyer Ugo Taddei said: “We are three years into the dieselgate scandal and the evidence keeps building on the central role car manufacturers are playing in creating the air pollution crisis that is choking our cities.
“This is not the first time car manufacturers have been caught breaking emission rules set to protect human health. Yet, national authorities keep folding under the pressure of the auto lobby and dragging their feet rather than ordering corrective actions.
“These latest revelations tell us that the technology has been there for many years to reduce harmful emissions from vehicles, but the industry has been resistant to change. And this is still clearly going on. Manufacturers are lobbying the German Federal Government to oppose the roll-out of effective retrofits for diesel vehicles. It’s high time national authorities put the health of citizens first. Car manufacturers must be held accountable for their wrongdoings.”