DPF Clean Team is calling for the re-introduction of regular Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF) spot checks, as well as mandatory exhaust emissions checks in the MOT, to eliminate the illegal removal of DPFs.
Despite the mandatory introduction of DPFs for all diesel vehicles in 2009, industry traders are illegally removing DPFs, catalytic converters and silencer units when they become clogged and blocked, in search of a quick fix, according to DPF Clean Team.
Cameron Bryce, managing director of DPF Clean Team, believes the only way to discourage people from illegally removing DPFs is to better enforce outlawing the practice and re-introduce spot checks, which were stopped in 2011.
Bryce said: “Anyone who is advocating the illegal removal of DPFs, catalytic converters and silencer units is not only breaking the law but is misleading motorists too. It may seem a cheap and quick option, but it is costing them money in the long run. Not only is it invalidating their insurance, but it often damages other parts of the vehicle too. Removal of these components does not address some of the wider issues that have caused blockage, such as a faulty temperature or pressure sensor, faulty glow plugs or a failed exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve.”
The Department for Transport (DFT) has commissioned research to better detect DPF removal by measuring exhaust fumes, with their findings contributing to changes made to the Roadworthiness Directive, scheduled to be introduced in 2017/18.
DPF Clean Team is already working closely with fleet operators such as Leicestershire and London Metropolitan Police Forces and rental firms Avis and Europcar, as well as more than 1,800 independent garages, to provide quick turnaround DPF cleaning services. However, the business is still coming across tradespeople who are offering DPF removal as a service and believes that the law regarding removal needs to be better enforced and taken more seriously.
“While it’s good to see the Government taking action against DPF removal, what we really need to see is the return of spot checks on the road, greater enforcement and a better system for MOT checks, rather than basic visual inspection," Bryce added.