Car firms slammed over fumes scan­dal

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

THE UK Gov­ern­ment’s for­mer chief sci­en­tific ad­viser has ac­cused Ger­man car-mak­ers of caus­ing thou­sands of Bri­tons’ deaths af­ter rig­ging diesel ex­haust tests.

Sir David King said Volk­swa­gen, BMW and Daim­ler have “blood on their hands” over the ex­per­i­ments they un­der­took on mon­keys and claimed their de­ci­sion to ma­nip­u­late data on ex­haust emis­sions had caused the deaths of large num­bers of peo­ple.

In 2015 Volk­swa­gen ad­mit­ted to fit­ting cheat de­vices to its cars that made their en­gines ap­pear less pol­lut­ing.

Sir David, who held the gov­ern­ment po­si­tion un­til 2007, said its be­hav­iour was “sim­ply as­ton­ish­ing”.

He said: “The num­ber of early fa­tal­i­ties in Bri­tain is very large due to ni­tro­gen ox­ide air, with gov­ern­ments across Europe en­cour­ag­ing diesel on the ba­sis the cat­a­lyst traps worked.”

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