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JEREMY CLARKSON: Fuming at pointless checks

By Jeremy Clarkson Published

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FOR years, government inspectors checked every new car that went on sale in the UK to make sure it wasn't producing too much something or other from its exhaust pipe.

And in ten years, after only two models had failed - a Mini diesel and a Mitsubishi Carisma - they decided it was a complete waste of taxpayers' money. So the scheme was quietly dropped.

The chairwoman of the Transport Select Committee, Louise Ellman, said this was "deeply disturbing".

Really? I only ask because how can it be "deeply disturbing" to not waste our money checking for something which isn't happening and doesn't matter anyway?


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