EU 'examining’ tests showing diesel car emissions spikes

The European Commission has said it is studying results of tests which showed emissions of harmful particles from new diesel cars peaking at up to 1,000 times normal levels.

A leading MEP echoed calls by environmental campaigners for more stringent EU emissions standards after independent testing showed spikes in emissions of dangerous particles as a result of cars automatically cleaning their diesel particle filters (DPF).

The European Commission said it was “carefully examining the results” of the study by environmental consultancy Ricardo, which found two popular models 32% and 115% over the legal limit for particles during the filter cleaning.

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