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Emissions test set to return

THE MoT emissions test - suspended in February after thousands of cat-equipped cars were wrongly failed - is set for a re-launch in September. Cars which have escaped testing following the suspension (Fleet News February 16) will in effect get a year's grace as they will not have to undergo an emissions test until their next MoT.

Following Parliamentary approval of redrafted legislation, computer discs detailing vehicle emission levels will be distributed to every MoT station.

Hugh Roberts, director of the Independent Garage Assoc-iation, blamed car manufacturers for the chaos. He said: 'A lot sent the wrong information - either wrong engine codes for vehicles without a 'cat' at all, wrong oil temperature data and wrong information as to what emission levels could be achieved. They also missed out model ranges and in some cases manufacturers didn't respond at all. It has been a real mess-up.'

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