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EU lawmakers blast plans to ease diesel pollution limits

Employees of German car maker Volkswagen check cars at a assembly line of the VW plant in Wolfsburg, central Germany, on October 21, 2015EU lawmakers on Monday firmly rejected plans by the European Commission to allow diesel car makers to continue to exceed pollution limits. The Commission had said in October that from 2020 manufacturers would still be allowed to produce vehicles exceeding EU limits on harmful nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent, even though German auto giant Volkswagen rigged its results to get past regulators. The European Parliament’s Environment Committee on Monday approved by 40 votes to nine a motion saying the proposals by the Commission, the EU’s executive arm, were incompatible with existing EU emissions standards and it should come up with new ones.

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