Strasbourg, France - The European Union is set to require road testing from 2017 to help evaluate diesel car emissions, after the bloc's parliament on Wednesday refused to reject the proposed approach despite concerns that it is too weak.
Road testing is seen as crucial to complement laboratory tests that have been at the heart of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. But the road testing system proposed for the EU had been criticized by environmental groups as pandering to the car industry.
The European Parliament's environmental committee had rejected the plans, but the full legislature declined to follow suit on Wednesday. Only 317 lawmakers voted against the measure, falling short of the 376-vote veto threshold.
“We have avoided uncertainties, because industry now has strict but sustainable deadlines to meet,” said Giovanni La Via, the chairman of the environmental committee.