Volkswagen asked reasons for not recalling diesel cars affected in the emissions scandal by NGT
German car manufacturer Volkswagen has been asked to suffice an explanation by the National Green Tribunal for not recalling 3.23 lakh cars that are a part of the diesel cars affected in the emissions scandal. The green tribunal has also warned Volkswagen of initiating penal action for the same. The body states that even though Volkswagen has recalled 64 percent of cars, 36 percent of cars are still plying on Indian roads polluting the environment. Further, NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel has also asked VW to justify why legal action should not be taken on the manufacturer for not respecting the undertaking and recalling the cars accordingly.
"The manufacturers are also directed to file latest status report about the proceedings taken against them in other countries and explain reasons for not recalling the entire vehicles and why penal action be not taken. Based on further affidavits, the tribunal may have to determine the nature of directions which may need to be issued," commented the bench comprising of Justice R S Rathore.
NGT has also asked ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) to submit a report of tests conducted on Volkswagen diesel cars produced by the India plant. For those not aware, Volkswagen chose to use a 'defeat device' or a cheat software that recognized when the car was under emission testing conditions on a rolling road and varied the engine mapping to produce lower emission results.VW India had already submitted the plans of remapping the software on the EA 189 diesel engines which were a part of the violation of the emission norms.
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