LONDON: Britain said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) that new checks would be carried out across the automobile industry to ensure that a pollution test cheating scandal at German manufacturer Volkswagen was not repeated. “The Vehicle Certification Agency, the UK regulator, is working with vehicle manufacturers to ensure that this issue is not industry-wide,” said Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in a statement. “As part of this work, they will re-run laboratory tests where necessary and compare them against real world driving emissions,” he added. McLoughlin added that Britain’s government “takes the unacceptable actions at VW extremely seriously” and was backing a Europe-wide investigation. The scandal broke last week after it emerged that VW fitted up to 11 million of its diesel cars with devices capable of fooling emissions tests.