In a clear response to Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, the European Parliament on Thursday approved tough new regulations for testing and monitoring automobile exhausts and giving the EU itself the power to carry out spot checks to make sure the rules are being enforced.
The agreement came after two years of negotiations between the EU parliament and the council of ministers, which represent the 28 nations in the EU. The European Parliament and individual nations must now ratify the agreement by a majority of 55 percent.
The biggest change is the addition of EU scientific experts to monitor the certification process for new cars, which is called type-approval, which until now was done by local authorities. The EU will be empowered to order Europe-wide recalls of cars found no to meet European emissions requirements.