The government described the report as ‘disappointing’ and the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin claimed, ‘The UK has been leading in Europe in pushing for real world emissions tests which will address this problem.’
‘It’s laughable and completely misleading for the Transport Secretary to suggest that the UK government has been leading the way on this.
‘The government knew about this problem for years but did nothing to challenge the car industry while the country choked on illegal levels of air pollution. Worse, the government even voted for new EU rules which would allow new diesel cars to emit double the pollution limits. This is despite a Supreme Court order against them, won by ClientEarth almost exactly a year ago, ordering ministers to bring pollution within legal limits as soon as possible.’
Lawyer for ClientEarth