The Dutch road traffic agency RDW does not know whether many old imported diesel cars are fitted with a soot filter. This resulted in thousands of motorists being wrongly taxed, because RDW assumed their cars did not have a soot filter and therefore emits too much particular matter, AD reports.
Owners of a Suzuki Vitara or a Jeep Grand Cherokee must return their diesel cars to the manufacturer for a software update. The software currently installed in the cars report much less nitrogen emissions than the cars actually emit. Minister Cora van Veldhoven of Environment called it unacceptable and issued this mandatory recall, NOS reports.
The Dutch association of insurers VNV warn Dutch who bought electric scooters, skateboards and unicycles while vacationing abroad to remember that they are not allowed on public roads in the Netherlands. Also remember to insure them - if you end up in an accident with an uninsured e-scooter, you may have to pay the damages yourself, the VNV warns, NOS reports.
The software used in the diesel engines of the Suzuki Vitara and the Jeep Grand Cherokee seems to be messing with the vehicles emission data, the Dutch service for road traffic RDW said in an intermediate report on investigations done into 16 different vehicles. Both these cars' engines are made by Fiat Chrysler, NU.nl reports.
In both cars the system that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions turns off for no apparent reason, according to the RDW. The Public Prosecutor was informed of these results. A criminal investigation may follow.
The Netherlands is cracking down on dodgy car inspection firms. On Tuesday hundreds of inspectors from road traffic service RDW is heading out to inspect garages, spokesperson Hans van Geenhuizen said
Following the Volkswagen diesel scandal, road traffic service RDW has decided to test whether more cars in the Netherlands are equipped with software that can tamper with emission tests.
Swedish heavy truck manufacturer Scania held the first partially autonomous self-driving truck tests on Dutch public roads Monday. During the test, Scania trucks drove themselves in a convoy.
Police in the U.K. are looking for two men accused of threatening underage Army cadets outside a reserve base in Gateshead, England, Northumbria police said in a statement on Friday. The threats, including those of beheading, were shouted from a car apparently with Dutch license plates, local newspaper Chronicle reported.
More and more classic car owners go back to petrol and remove LPG systems to pay less tax, as shown in the statistical data collected by RDW. In recent years the number of vintage cars which owners have decided to remove LPG has increased in more than four times.
Tampering with the mileage counter of a car will be prohibited starting 2014. On Thursday the House voted on a bill of Minister Melanie Schultz (Infrastructure) about this.
Tampering with kilometer counters costs consumers 150 million euro annually. For insurance companies and the government, these costs are estimated to be even higher. Schultz hopes that the new law will deter further acts as offenders will be caught quicker and will be punished.