The APK for diesel cars and delivery vans will be extended from 1 July 2022 to include a check on the presence and operation of a particulate filter, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) told the Lower House on Wednesday.

In this way, compliance with the ban on the removal of particulate filters must be ensured.

So-called particle counters will be installed at the inspection stations for the extra checkpoint, so that the operation of the particulate filters can be checked.

Passenger cars have been fitted with a soot filter as standard since 2011, while delivery vans with a diesel engine have had such a filter since 2012.

According to the RAI Association, an estimated 100,000 to 125,000 diesel vehicles drive in the Netherlands that should actually be rejected because the particulate filter is not functioning properly or has even been removed completely.

The latter has been a criminal offense since 2017.

“Auto and commercial vehicle manufacturers are committed to ensuring that new vehicles become cleaner, more fuel-efficient and safer. It is therefore natural that the moment the vehicle leaves the showroom, the new owner has an obligation to ensure that in practice, the vehicle always continues to meet the environmental requirements ", says RAI Association chairman Steven van Eijck.