The lack of address to such a potent issue is further weighed down by measurement methods claimed to be lacking coupled with the lack of legal regulations as per the study. In the framework of the Particle Measurement Programme (PMP) of the Economic Commission for Europe UNECE, for instance, work is underway on the recommendation for legislation, on the test procedure and test set-up (on the test bench only). Accordingly, brake PM is to be regulated on the basis of measurement data from the Worldwide Harmonised Light-duty vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP). However, these cycles on the chassis dynamometer are far removed from real-world driving behaviour and deliver values claimed to be too good to be real. “Our fear is – to put it bluntly – that a driving cycle will be tinkered with in a way that doesn’t match real-world driving and produces low emissions. Especially for mountainous areas, where brakes get extremely hot and other chemical reactions take place, legislation based on these facts would do little to improve the emissions situation,” mentions Fischer.
Highly carcinogenic, highly toxic substances
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