The Automotive Research Association Of India (ARAI) has announced that it will not retest Volkswagen cars after the recall in India. The reason — it is beyond the regulatory purview.
Rashmi Urdhwareshe, the Director of ARAI said, "Retesting of cars will be carried out only to verify the regulatory conformance. Real driving emission measurement is not a part of the regulations."
Last year, Volkswagen cars were found emitting 5 to 9 times more nitrogen oxide when the cars were being tested on road, compared to being tested in labs. This had prompted the department of heavy industry to issue a recall for cars fitted with the EA-189 engines.
Volkswagen said, and has maintained that the cars meet Indian regulatory requirements as per the Bharat Stage (BS) - IV norms. BS-IV norms do not require a vehicle to undergo strict road tests like the BS-VI norms require.
Volkswagen announced a recall in India and wanted the cars to get the same update as the cars in Europe got, but how the update resolves emission problems is unknown. Also, after the recall, the government ordered a probe to find out if Volkswagen deliberately cheated in India. The result has not been made public yet.