More action against AdBlue fraud in trucks
More can be done in Belgium
With the system in place, the driver inhales a lot of toxic substances while driving, and that might not be his only problem. “In general, transport companies tell drivers not to pay the fines, and that’s where the trouble begins. The driver can be summoned in court and risks having a criminal record,” Durant adds.
As if polluting the environment isn’t bad enough, disengaging the SCR-system is also fraudulent in another way. Trucks built to EU5 or EU6 emission norms, the ones relying on AdBlue, get a discount on the road-pricing because they are ‘clean’.
To get this discount, companies have to declare that their trucks comply with environmental regulations. With the emulator in place, their truck doesn’t, so they falsely get a discount. “Deliberately modifying the AdBlue system is a criminal offense, but it also breaks environmental laws,” says Edward Claessens of the Belgian truck road-pricing organization, Viapass.