05 February 2018
VW Faces Unlimited Fines For Cheating in Emissions Test Scandal
VW refuses to compensate its customers and has rolled out fixes which we say have impaired their car’s performance, sometimes dangerously so. The class action is an important opportunity to hold VW to account for deceiving them.
Car manufacturers that try to cheat emissions tests could face unlimited fines in the UK under a new crackdown proposed by the Government.
The measures are set to be introduced in the wake of the Volkswagen scandal when the German motor giant was found to be using so-called “defeat devices” to ensure its diesel cars passed laboratory tests of polluting emissions.
Transport minister Jesse Norman will launch a consultation to outline the crackdown, though any criminal offences will not be retrospective so could not be used to target VW.
The new powers would go beyond European requirements and the government would be able to prosecute any car maker who cheats on the required tests for their vehicle. It is thought sentences will only include unlimited fines rather than prison terms.
Tens of thousands of customers have already signed up to sue VW after buying cars which were fitted with software designed to cheat emissions tests.
The High Court has now set a date to hear details of the case against the manufacturer in March.
Slater and Gordon, which represent 75 per cent of people so far registered to claim for compensation against VW, said that hundreds of owners were continuing to sign up for a claim against VW every week and the eventual total could make the claim the “largest class action the UK has ever seen.”
Gareth Pope from Slater and Gordon, who is leading the actions against VW on behalf of more than 45,000 VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda owners in the UK, said: “Every day more VW owners are joining our claim against the VW Group, VW Financial Services and a multitude of Authorised Dealerships – but the 45,000 claimants so far registered still represents a small fraction of the 1.2 million current and former owners of affected cars who are eligible to join the litigation.
“VW has treated many of its customers with disdain after the emissions scandal broke. VW refuses to compensate its customers and has rolled out fixes which we say have impaired their car’s performance, sometimes dangerously so. The class action is an important opportunity to hold VW to account for deceiving them.”
It is understood, if the class action is successful, VW will be facing damages totalling hundreds of millions of pounds.
Owners who purchased 1.2, 1.6, or 2.0 litre diesel cars made by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Škoda between 2008 and 2015 are eligible to join the legal action – contact one of the team at Slater and Gordon to find out at www.slatergordon.co.uk/vw or call 0800 049 7409.
This also extends to customers who purchased, leased or acquired it (new or second hand) before 1st of January 2016.
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