UK car pollution checks dropped in 2011

BBC News 

A programme to double-check if older cars are breaking pollution laws was dropped by the government five years ago, the BBC can reveal. The Department for Transport used to take random cars off the road and then test the levels of dangerous gases coming from the exhaust pipe. But a Freedom of Information request for the BBC shows that the spot-check scheme was dropped in 2011. The chair of the Transport Select Committee, Louise Ellman, has called the news "deeply disturbing". The committee is currently investigating vehicle emissions after VW admitted cheating pollution tests in the US.