Whitehall to fix ‘lawful’ diesel particulate removal loophole

A transport minister has confirmed that officials are working on new legislation to stop garages removing filters that limit diesel cars’ particulate emissions

Some garages operate on the fringes of the law by removing pollution filters. Photograph: 36clicks/123RFCivil servants are drafting new legislation to address a legal loophole that has led to thousands of cars being driven illegally and polluting the air.

Recently-appointed junior transport minister Baroness Sugg confirmed the move in a written statement on 20 November. It was in response to a query from Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Randerson, who had asked if the government was planning to bring forward legislation “to make it illegal for a garage to remove a pollution filter from a diesel vehicle”.

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