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Manufacturers must be made accountable for lifelong emission control of automobiles, say experts

Updated : January 21, 2019 10:12 PM IST

The Supreme Court on Monday favoured widening of judicial scrutiny of a case pertaining to use of cheat device in diesel cars to flout emission norms in vehicles made by German auto major Volkswagen by bringing other auto majors under the scanner.

The court has also expanded the scope of the investigation against Volkswagen, following the 2015 global emission scandal. The apex court has said that that they would leave it to the NGT (National Green Tribunal) to decide if other carmakers should also be probed for possible violations of regulatory norms.

CNBC-TV18 caught up with Sanjeev Ailawadi, counsel for petitioners in the case and Anumita Roy Chowdhury, ED research and advocacy at CSE (Centre for Science and Environment) to discuss the court's order.

Sanjeev Ailawadi said, "The tests which were conducted on Volkswagen group vehicles showed that their pollution increased by as much as 4 to 9 times, now that is a substantial increase. There was a report which was conducted by ARAI and the ARAI report went to the extent of saying that up to 2.2 times higher on the road would have been a very normal phenomena but for them to go up by as much as 4 to 9 times is a very phenomenal transgression from what the expected norms are."

Anumita Roy Chowdhury said, "It is a very important development because I am not looking at the Volkswagen case only as a criminal case. I think we will have to take it up to an entirely different level altogether to bring laws to fix manufacturers responsibility for real-world emission performance of vehicles on the road.
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