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Diesel particulate filter check to be introduced to annual test

  • 16 December 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Annual tests are to be tightened up next year to include a diesel particulate filter check, in a bid to crack down on the illegal removal of the component.

From February, authorised testing facilities and Vosa test stations will be required to check the exhaust system for a diesel particulate filter.

Vehicles where the filter is fitted as standard will automatically fail their annual test if it has been removed.

The Department for Transport said that some firms offer to remove the filter, claiming that it will improve fuel economy, however it is an offence to remove it as it helps the vehicle meet European emissions standards.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said he was “very concerned” that LGVs and vans were having the filters removed.

“It has become apparent the government had to intervene to clarify the position on particulate filter removal given the unacceptable negative impact on air quality,” Goodwill said.

Changes to allow practical tests to be taken in LGVs with automatic gearboxes are to come into effect in January.


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