The European Commission is eyeing new powers over the car industry, as it is prepares a proposal to create central oversight of national vehicle authorisations. In the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, industry commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung paper the European Commission wants to monitor the national authorities that approve new cars before they are allowed on the market.
Responding UKIP Transport spokeswoman MEP Jill Seymour said: “The European Commission asking for control of national vehicle authorisations is like a fox asking for control of the chicken coop. The Financial Times revealed that the Commission knew what was going on for two years about VW emissions and did absolutely nothing. People in the UK who have suffered from emission caused health problems have the European Commission to blame, as it connived in the malpractice.
“The European Commission is now using a crisis, which they knowingly presided over for two years, as an excuse to grab more power over national institutions. This sorry episode shows that the Brussels Commission is both incompetent and power-hungry at the same time.”