‘Negligent’ diesel pollution filter manufacturer fined

Supplying replacement air pollution control parts that met an older performance standard but were supplied for modern vehicles has led to a penalty of almost £14,000.

Hampshire-based European Exhaust and Catalyst Ltd (EEC) was fined £3,000 on 28 October, after a probe by Market Surveillance Unit of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Portsmouth Magistrates Court added costs of £10,460 and a victim surcharge of £170.

EEC supplied diesel particulate filters for use in Euro 5 diesel cars and vans, though they met only the earlier Euro 4 standard and did not come with the mandated legal marking: “ILLEGAL TO SUPPLY FOR VEHICLES APPROVED TO EC REGULATION 715/2007” - meaning those approved to Euro 5 and 6 standards.

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