Dieselgate settlement to see VW payout £193M

90,000 drivers in England and Wales

Dieselgate settlement to see VW payout  £193M

Volkswagen is to pay £193m to more than 90,000 drivers in England and Wales following a High Court claim over the installation of emissions cheating devices in its vehicles.

About 91,000 motorists in England and Wales, represented by several legal firms, took action against VW as well as its subsidiaries Audi, Seat and Skoda.

David Whitmore, chief executive of Slater and Gordon, which represented around 70,000 of the claimants, said: “The settlement avoids the need for a lengthy, complex and expensive trial process and we are delighted to have achieved this settlement for our customers as a result of the group action.”

The so-called dieselgate scandal erupted in 2015.

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The use of “defeat devices” meant that Volkswagen’s cars were certified as conforming to EU pollution standards despite actually emitting up to 40 times the legally permitted amount of nitrogen dioxide – a pollutant that has been linked to respiratory diseases and premature death.

The group has already paid out more than £26bn worldwide including fines, compensation, civil settlements and buyback schemes.

Volkswagen admitted that 11 million vehicles worldwide, including almost 1.2 million in the UK, were affected.

In a statement the carmaker said: “The Volkswagen Group would, once again, like to take this opportunity to sincerely apologise to their customers for the two mode software installed in the EA189 vehicles.

“The Volkswagen Group will continue to work to rebuild the trust of their customers here in England and Wales.”

2 Comments

  1. Hang on, why are owners being given this money?

    So they are getting rewarded with money for pollution the environment

    That money should go to t’ government as there cars are in next pollution tax bracket up a bit!

    So how much has the solicitation people made in terms of money for something which is not really about money!

    Vw should be ordered to produce xyz number of cars less for xxx years!

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  2. So VW are paying compensation, are they having to fix the polluting vehicles ? if not why are we not putting these cheating vehicles off the road. They should have to remove the offending software and then have the vehicles re tested if they cannot pass the emission test then they should be scrapped and the owners refunded what they paid for the vehicle. Otherwise the planet is paying for VW greed.

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