The case saw Hampshire-based European Exhaust and Catalyst supplying DPFs that falsely claimed to be Euro V standard, when they were in fact Euro IV. It is the first successful prosecution of a company for supplying products which fail to meet required environmental standards.
“This case highlights why it is crucial that the aftermarket only selects and fits type-approved parts when it comes to emissions control – anything else really is a false economy,” says Neil Koston, aftermarket manager, Eminox.
“The DVSA is sending a clear message – obey environmental regulations or face prosecution.
“Distributors and fitters should be aware of the law and make sure all emissions control parts are type approved and correctly marked if they want to avoid prosecution and consequent financial and reputational damage.”
European Exhaust and Catalyst was fined £3,000 and received a criminal conviction. The court also ordered the company to pay costs totalling £10,460.