Volkswagen has said that they will not be giving European VW owners any compensation, even though drivers in the US have been promised $500 cash and $500 in credit vouchers.
Owners of vehicles with the emissions cheating device may have been expecting some sort of goodwill payment or incentive, but VW have said that European drivers won’t be getting anything. They say it’s because the market circumstances are different in the US and Europe.
Volkswagen has put aside £4.8 billion to cover the costs of recalling and fixing vehicles but had not mentioned the lack of compensation until now. UK customers are understandably furious at this announcement, especially those who have already discovered a drop in the resale value of their cars.
Volkswagen Admits There is an Illegal Device in 85,000 Audis
VW has now admitted that 85,000 Audis are fitted with an illegal emissions cheating device, adding to the problems for the German car maker.
Volkswagen has said that fixing the problem in the high-end range of cars like Audi and Porsche will cost more than 10 million euros. The manufacturer admitted that the cheating software was in all three-litre V6 engines manufactured by Audi and sold between 2009 and 2015.
The cheat device is found in many high-end models including Audi’s A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7, and the VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne. The six-cylinder TDI isn’t fitted with the device but it is in the 2.0 litre TDI.
MPs Call for Diesel Scrappage Scheme
MPs are calling for people to ditch their diesel, and they suggest an incentive to encourage people to scrap their cars.
Boris Johnson has proposed that people should be paid up to £2,000 to get rid of their diesel vehicle to try and cut down on pollution in the UK.
There has also been a suggestion of revising road tax to encourage drivers to buy greener cars.
Air pollution levels in many of the UK’s cities reaches dangerous levels in the summer. By removing the higher polluting vehicles from the road it should help reduce the amount of noxious gas going into the air.
The Environment Audit Committee is calling for people to buy hybrid or electric cars and ban or limit diesel cars from cities.
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Jacqueline Young is Head of Group Litigation at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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