brussels - Tens of thousands of diesel cars in Belgium arrive annually through the car ride while the soot filter has been illegally removed. The measurement methods are outdated.
Autokeurders acknowledge that they are lagging behind for at least ten years. Many garages advertise even today, according to research by the public broadcaster VRT.
A defective soot filter can cause engine problems. The replacement costs are up to 2000 euros, but removal can be for 450 euros. Without filter, emissions are more than 90 percent higher. As a result, particulate matter and carbon blacks poison the environment.
'Unacceptable and very disgusting,' commented Europarlementarian Kathleen Van Brempt, chairman of parliament's 'Dieselgate' commission. According to her, the findings show that 'European legislation to combat air pollution has hardly any impact' '.
Last year, it reported to the European Commission about indications that soot filters in Europe are systematically removed. 'Without clear supervision, control and enforcement, European legislation remains just a paper tiger. ''
Van Brempt points out that the Dutch authority TNO has developed a method for detecting pollutants in a quick and rapid manner through laser technology that measures fine dust particles. She believes that car rental centers should use such tests and calls on the Flemish minister Ben Weyts (Mobility) to accelerate work here. 'Meanwhile, we must continue to push pressure at European level to ensure that legislation can be effectively enforced. '