As an insurance brokers in Newcastle, Todd and Cue have previously reported about VW and their emissions scandal. VW are now stating that the company do not owe any compensation to British drivers even though they’ve paid billions of pounds to customers in in America.
It has recently been reported that they have reached a very expensive settlement in the United States after they adapted their cars to produce inaccurate results during the emissions tests. This meant VW appeared to be more environmentally friendly but they were actually breaching American regulations.
The question across the UK and Europe though is if any rules have been breached and if compensation is due which is why Paul Willis was called back to appear in front of the Transport Select Committee. This has been his third appearance in front of these MP’s in just 17 months.
“We did not falsify information and we completely refute that we have misled anybody,” said Mr Willis. “You cannot compare the United States and Europe, because the regulations are very different. In the US, technical fixes do not get the cars back to compliance with the regulations, but in Europe they do, and they can be done in 20 or 30 minutes. There is no evidence that there has been any degradation in the resale value of these vehicles – so there is no loss. There is no legal basis for compensation.”
In the UK, there has been remedial work carried out on more than one million cars. These cars include Volkswagen cars and commercial vehicles, Audi, Seat and Skoda.
There are approximately 20,000 cars being fixed every week and the programme is due to be completed by the end of they year.
Mr Willis maintained this was not an admission of wrongdoing, but rather an effort to reassure customers by “removing any doubt”.
His words, carefully chosen, did not impress everyone. The Transport Minister, John Hayes, said it was “not true” that VW had done everything requested by the Government, and called on the company to publish its own internal report into the emissions scandal.
Damon Parker, the lawyer who is leading a group legal action to pursue compensation for VW drivers stated that more than 30,000 people had already signed up, but expects the figure to rise.
He believes drivers may be in line for compensation of around £3,000 each.
If those sums were matched across Europe, the world’s biggest carmaker could be faced with another multi-billion pound headache.
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