The European Parliament’s environment committee has rejected new EU standards for diesel car emissions, arguing that they are not strict enough.

The standards agreed by EU governments in October would allow diesel cars to continue exceeding the maximum level set by laboratory tests.

From September 2017 new models would be able to emit double that maximum. The EU Commission says actual emissions are currently five times the limit.

MEPs can force changes to the rules.

The scandal over Volkswagen diesel emissions prompted the EU to reassess its testing procedures. The plan is to introduce new real driving emissions (RDE) tests from 1 September 2017. Such tests are considered far more accurate than the current lab tests.

Diesel engines emit higher levels of nitrogen oxide and dioxide (NOx) than petrol engines – pollutants that cause respiratory ailments, especially in congested cities.

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