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MPs Announce Inquiry into Vehicle Testing

By National Practice Group Leader, Group Litigation

MPs have announced that there will be an inquiry into UK vehicle testing in light of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

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The Government has said the VW emissions scandal shows the UK vehicle testing system is clearly inadequate.

Chairman of the transport select committee, Louise Ellman, said the VW scandal has raised some serious concerns about whether vehicle type approval testing is actually fit for purpose.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has highlighted the need across the EU for real world driving emissions testing. The system to approve vehicles in the UK has been around for more than 20 years and seems out of date. It’s based around common EU standards and is divided into two parts. One can pass an entire vehicle; the other is used to pass components or individual systems.

The transport select committee will now look into the approval system and is looking for evidence on points including the effectiveness of the current controls, the gap between real world emissions and test condition emissions and whether the range of points covered on the tests is wide enough.

Volkswagen Announces Vehicles with Incorrect CO2 and MPG Figures

VW has announced that many Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagens currently on sale have incorrect CO2 emissions and mpg figures. The list includes petrol and diesel engines ranging from 1.0 to 2.0 litres in size.

Around 430,000 cars are affected, with some older cars also having suspect figures. The list has 32 different models across the brands but doesn’t include the older vehicles.

Affected vehicles include:

  • Audi A1
  • Seat Ibiza
  • Seat Toledo
  • Seat Leon
  • Skoda Fabia
  • Skoda Rapid
  • Skoda Yeti
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Skoda Superb
  • VW Polo
  • VW Tiguan
  • VW Jetta
  • VW Scirocco
  • VW Golf
  • VW Golf Sportsvan
  • VW Touran
  • VW CC
  • VW Passat
  • VW Caddy
  • VW T6

The full list with all model variants listed can be found here.

Claiming Compensation from Volkswagen

Slater and Gordon are still investigating the possibility of a group action claim against Volkswagen to compensate VW owners. If you are interested in claiming compensation from Volkswagen please register your details on our VW Emissions Scandal Investigation page.

Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.

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