France backs creation of EU car approval watchdog

French environment minister Ségolène Royal has endorsed the creation of a new EU-wide vehicle market surveillance authority to prevent future cheating in emissions tests

French environment minister Ségolène Royal has endorsed the creation of a new EU-wide vehicle market surveillance authority to prevent future cheating in emissions tests.

An EU-wide authority could help investigate instances where carmakers switch from one national watchdog to another to avoid strict approval requirements, Royal explained in written comments sent to MEPs ahead of a parliamentary hearing on Thursday. 

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