VW Emissions Crisis
With response to the recent VW emissions crisis we have the following announcement from the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association), they are the trade body for the vehicle rental and leasing sector. The association regulates the industry through a regular series of quality assurance inspections and a mandatory code of conduct.
BVRLA comment on VW emissions crisisIn response to the US emissions scandal that emerged last week, BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney has made the following statement:
“The rental and leasing industry plays a vital role in promoting the uptake of clean vehicles, so it will be affected as this crisis unfolds. Our members and their customers are concerned as to the potential ramifications it will have for the UK fleet sector.
“Numerous investigations are now underway, so we will be watching closely to see if the scope widens further to include other manufacturers and vehicles. It is difficult to comment any further about potential impacts until we have a better understanding of how governments, manufacturers and customers react.
“In the meantime, we should remember that diesel engines are the most energy-efficient internal combustion engines, and diesel vehicles remain a vital part of the fleet mix. It is often the most appropriate powertrain for long distance journeys and non-urban freight transportation, and the latest Euro 6 diesel engines have made some major gains in reducing harmful NOx emissions.
"For some time now, the BVRLA has been calling for the introduction of more accurate, real-world testing regimes for both CO2 and NOx. We hope that these will now be introduced swiftly and successfully, helping to restore much of the trust that has been lost.”
- We will provide regular updates on this situation as they arise.