Finally, Volkswagen admits responsibility for the diesel crisis and is fined €1bn by Germany; an outcome that has a huge impact on UK victims.
The fine that has been reportedly issued by public prosecutors is for Volkswagen’s criminal role for intentionally using illegal defeat devices in the 8 million or so vehicles affected in Europe.
The admission of responsibility is big news for UK victims because defeat devices are illegal under British and European law. By admitting responsibly in Europe, the path to justice for UK Volkswagen Group owners just got a whole lot easier.
With former VW CEO Müller out of the frame, reportedly because of the lack of progress in VW putting the Dieselgate scandal behind them, will new boss Herbert Diess do the honourable thing and push for UK compensation?
Diess landed a job at Volkswagen just months before the news of the emissions scandal broke, and it’s suggested he was involved in meetings where the issues were discussed prior to the world finding out about it all. Now, some three years on, he’s in charge of VW who remain defiant in refusing compensation to UK victims of the scandal.
Will Diess do the right thing?
Contrary to the perceptions VW appear to have done well to paint with the media and public, the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal is far from over. With the deadline to join the class action against them formally set as 26 October 2018, the legal fight for justice has really only just begun, and there is plenty to be done before the deadline elapses.
Our firm has been appointed to the Steering Committee who are leading the action against VW in the High Court of Justice. Anyone who has yet to start their claim and join our Claimant Group is urged to do so before the deadline expires to avoid missing out.
UK facing top European Court over air pollution should act as catalyst for punishing emissions cheaters like Volkswagen
The fact that the UK is facing being taken to the top European Court over air pollution should act as catalyst for punishing emissions cheaters like Volkswagen.
The UK is looking at fines that could run into the millions of pounds and has been referred to the European Court of Justice by the European Commission over failures to maintain vital pollution targets.
The Commission has reportedly issued “letters of formal notice” which may then lead to formal action against the UK.
The latest string of arrests, raids and recalls has taken the shine off luxury Volkswagen-owned Porsche. In the last few weeks, an EU-wide recall has been triggered for some 60,000 Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan models that are suspected of containing emissions cheating software.
This news came just weeks after Porsche had also been accused of cheating emissions testing by starting vehicles in second gear to lower tax bands for owners.
But this isn’t the only recent headache the VW-owned luxury brand has had to face: arrests and raids have been rife as prosecutors in more than one territory intend to get to the bottom of their involvement in emissions cheating behaviour.
Porsche have come under fire in a huge emissions probe that has triggered an EU-wide recall of some 60,000 Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Macan models.
The news comes shortly after Porsche were also accused of fiddling emission tests to save drivers of the Boxster S, Spyder, Cayman R and Cayman S an estimated £225 per year; costing the Treasury an estimated £3m
Porsche were recently raided by German authorities who are keen to clamp down on any kind of emissions cheating which is somewhat synonymous of the Volkswagen Group – of which Porsche is a part of – as they remain embroiled in their monumental “Dieselgate” scandal.
The VW class action case really matters if we are to fight air pollution and improve air quality in the UK. Our urban areas are in such a state that some reportedly hit annual limits at the start of 2018; Brixton being one of them. Remarkably, this was apparently an improvement on the year before where it was breached in a week!
So, when we have one of the biggest companies in the world ignoring its corporate social responsibility and deciding to deliberately cheat emissions testing, we have to take it seriously, and we have to take action.
The VW class action we are on the Steering Committee for is designed to do just that.
Did VW Chief Executive, Herbert Diess, just testify in the VW criminal case?
According to Reuters, who have cited German newspaper Bild, Herbert Diess may have travelled to the US earlier this month to testify as part of the US’ ongoing criminal case against VW for their cheat device scandal.
Reportedly, Diess met with representatives from the DoJ (Department of Justice) and the FBI – which could be a big moment in the criminal case against them!
Audi has admitted that another 60,000 vehicles are being recalled following further probes into so-called “defeat devices” being fitted into more vehicles than previously confirmed.
The models reportedly affected are the Audi A6 and the Audi A7 that are fitted with a particular type of diesel engine. Germany’s KBA previously requested a hearing because of suspicions more models were fitted with illegal defeat devices.
The news of the wider Audi recall will no doubt increase the pressure of the headache that parent company Volkswagen has been suffering since the breaking of the “dieselgate” scandal we’re taking action on.
There has been another Volkswagen settlement in the US as the UK remains ignored. In this latest settlement, VW are set to be paying $33.5 million to the US State of Maryland as a result of the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal.
News of this latest settlement that follows a long line of settlements totalling around $15 billion in the US will serve only to anger the ignored UK consumers who are being completely refused compensation.
This is why the legal action we’re co-steering is important.