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Emission fiasco: NGT asks Volkswagen about status of proceedings in other countries

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today directed German auto major Volkswagen, which is embroiled in a global emission scandal, to file an affidavit on the status of proceedings against it in other countries.

A bench headed by NGT Justice asked the Ministry of to file its response on the report submitted by the automobile company on recall of in the country.

The green panel also directed that all parties be given a copy of Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India's (ARAI) 2015 report on emission tests conducted on diesel cars.

The matter is now listed for next hearing on August 6.

The tribunal had earlier asked ARAI to explain the details of tests carried out on diesel cars produced by

The order had come come after the tribunal was informed that ARAI carried out tests at the instance of Ministry of Heavy Industries and examined 11 BS-IV compliant diesel of the German company under different conditions.

The had earlier submitted a roadmap before the tribunal to recall over 3.23 lakh in the country fitted with a 'defeat device' meant to fudge emission tests.

A 'cheat' or 'defeat device' is a software in diesel engines to manipulate emission tests by changing the performance of the cars.

had in December 2015 announced the recall of 3,23,700 in to fix the after ARAI conducted tests on some models and found that their on-road emissions were 1.1 times to 2.6 times higher than the applicable BS-IV norms.

The had admitted to the use of 'defeat device' in 11 million cars sold in the US, and other global markets that allowed manipulation of emissions tests by changing the performance of vehicles to improve results.

After the tests by ARAI, had undertaken to rejig the software by recalling around 3.23 fitted with EA 189 diesel engines which were in alleged violation of emission norms.

The company, however, had said that the recall in India was purely voluntary in nature as it did not face any charges regarding violating emission norms in India unlike in the US.

The for the had told the NGT that ARAI, which is being consulted on the redesign of the software, had approved it for only 70 per cent of the 3.23

ARAI, however, had said the Volkswagen had submitted redesigned software for only 70 per cent and was yet to do so for the remaining 30 per cent.

The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by a and a few others seeking ban on sale of Volkswagen vehicles for alleged violation of emission norms.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:15 IST
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