9.1.2017British drivers seek compensation for VW Emissions Scandal
Volkswagen is facing legal action in the UK after a law firm has applied for a group litigation order, to represent British drivers affected by the Emissions Scandal.
The move would see compensation sought for British drivers of VW Group models involved in the affair, with 1.2 million cars affected in the UK market.
Harcus Sinclair has applied for the order, and will collaborate with other firms such as Slater and Gordon to seek compensation for owners of affected VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda models. The firm estimates that several thousands of pounds will be sought in compensation per car, with a bill in the tens of millions facing VW in the UK, should the litigation order proceed and be successful.
Despite US customers and authorities agreeing billions of dollars worth of payments from VW, the UK market has seen no offer of compensation from the group - primarily because of different laws covering North American and European markets.
Harcus Sinclair argues in a statement that: "the affected cars should not have been certified as fit for sale because it is alleged that they produced higher levels of NOx emissions than the rules allowed. It is also alleged that the affected vehicles only passed official emissions tests because their engines were fitted with a 'defeat device' which reduces NOx emissions under test conditions."
Damon Parker, head of litigation at Harcus Sinclair UK Ltd said: "We have paved the way for consumers who trusted but were let down by VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda to seek redress through our Courts. It is only right that UK car owners affected by the scandal have the opportunity to seek compensation.
"We have secured funding so that those affected can bring this claim against VW at no cost to themselves. The group action aims to ensure that, if VW is found to have misled consumers about the environmental damage caused by their cars, they are penalised accordingly so as to discourage this sort of behaviour from happening again."
Jacqueline Young, head of group litigation at Slater and Gordon, said: "VW has shown utter contempt, not just for the rights and health of their UK consumers but also for the environment. This legal action is the best opportunity that British customers will have for holding VW to account over this scandal."
For those wishing to find out more, they can visit the VW Emissions Action website.