Owners of diesel vehicles like those affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal may be set for more bad news as the British government looks to increase tax for diesel cars that don’t meet new emission standards.
The “dieselgate” scandal hit 1.2 million vehicles in the U.K. with some owners facing problems after the so-called “fix” had been applied, and other owners seeing the value of their vehicle fall. Now, some diesel owners may have to pay more in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) under new tax reforms being proposed.
It has been over two years since Volkswagen admitted to fitting devices into their vehicles since 2009 that can be clearly defined as so-called “defeat devices”. Instead of compensating the customers that we say have been lied to and cheated, the major car maker pledged to apply “technical measures” to the 1.2 million vehicles carrying the alleged “defeat devices” in the U.K. that allow vehicles to emit excessive levels of harmful NOx pollution.
However, the Head of the Environmental Audit Committee, Mary Creagh MP, has reviewed the number of corrective measures carried out and it seems that the “fixes” have “stalled”.
Researchers warn unclaimed diesel car emissions may be causing an extra 4,560 premature deaths in Europe
Environmental researchers have reportedly calculated the number of premature deaths possibly resulting from higher levels of dangerous emissions being produced by diesel vehicles in Europe.
The figure has been released as 4,560; that’s 4,560 innocent people that have reportedly had their lives cut short because of excessive pollution being churned into the air we breathe by cars; like the NOx produced from diesel cars at the centre of the VW emissions scandal.
It does not make for good reading…
Stuttgart prosecutors in Germany have seemingly found some dirt from their investigations into Bosch for their reported involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
Volkswagen have already admitted that 11 million of their vehicles across the globe have so-called “defeat devices” fitted in them to manipulate official emissions testing; although they dispute in which countries the software used is classed as a “defeat device”.
The software in question can recognise when the vehicle is undergoing official testing to reduce emissions and therefore pass the tests. However, in real-world driving conditions, the software can disengage, meaning vehicles pollute way more dangerous NOx then they ought to be doing.
Experts calling for stricter regulations on emissions tests…
A computer scientist for the University of California, Kirill Levchenko, led a team of researchers to identify the specialised code installed in the so-called defeat devices used by Volkswagen (VW) to manipulate Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions test results in diesel vehicles.
After a year of searching, the team of researchers from all over the world found the code in two spots. One source was on VW’s own website in the maintenance section; and the other was posted online in a forum where enthusiasts discussed all things cars.
Another $1 billion has been added to VW’s ever-growing bill in the U.S.
More movements have been made across the pond – District Judge Charles Breyer has approved Volkswagen’s (VW) settlement sum of $1.22 billion to either fix or buy back 80,000-87,000 diesel vehicles affected by the emissions scandal in the U.S.
This is a separate settlement to the deal made last autumn, and was made for owners of the six-cylinder 3.0 diesel engines.
A German Environmental Aid, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), has recently announced a lawsuit as a result of the emissions scandal arising from VW diesel engines.
Some vehicles have shown excessive nitrogen oxide emissions even after the software updates – aka the emissions “fix” – according to the Federal Managing Director of the environmental aid, Jurgen Resch.
We’re not surprised by the results, and we’re not surprised that VW are facing yet another legal action either!
The excessive air pollution caused by the Nitrous Oxide emissions from Volkswagen Group is allegedly causing early deaths for thousands in Europe, and may continue to do so unless the affected cars are made to comply with emissions legislation.
A thorough study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has reportedly found that Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda, and Seat affected vehicles are emitting so much Nitrous Oxide pollution that an estimated 3,400 people may have already died prematurely in Europe.
Once again, this news just hits home at how serious the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal truly is.
VW’s $15 billion settlement offer for their cheating in the emissions testing back in September last year has been approved in the U.S. courts.
The U.S. has a totally different jurisdiction to the UK, so this doesn’t direct help the situation here in Europe, but we remain confident we will be able to win our action anyway. For us, it’s just a matter of time, and we believe the U.S. settlement has taken place earlier because of the huge fines VW were being threatened with over there that our government here seem too shy to do!
Since late 2015, VW was barred from selling diesel vehicles affected by the emission scandal after it was discovered that these vehicles had an alleged “cheat device” installed in them.
One year on from the breaking of the scandal, there are still ongoing discussions on whether the German automaker will be allowed to resume sales of VW vehicles in the U.S. Even if they are allowed to sell the diesel vehicles in the U.S., it is not clear if VW will or not.
As it stands, their diesel vehicles are not hugely popular in the U.S. anyway.