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The DfT is considering bringing the Volkswagen-owned firm to court over emissions test cheating

The Department for Transport (DfT) is considering launching a court case against Skoda, part of the Volkswagen Group, in connection with the dieselgate scandal.

The DfT's potential action is related to the UK’s regulatory role in relation to the Czech-based car maker. The Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) was responsible for granting EU-type approval of technical fixes for cars based on a number of VW’s diesel engines, which feature the test-cheating software.

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These are the 2.0-litre Skoda Superb, Skoda Octavia and Skoda Yeti, the 1.6-litre Skoda Fabia, Skoda Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb, and the 1.2-litre Fabia and Roomster.

A successful prosecution depends on whether it can be proven Skoda officials knowingly made false statements when the cars were submitted for approval.

An official comment from Skoda said: “Skoda has not been notified by the Department for Transport of any intention to seek to prosecute. Skoda continues to cooperate fully with the DFT and the Vehicle Certification Agency, and productive ongoing discussions are underway with the UK’s regulators in relation to the NOx emission testing issue.”

The move was revealed in a letter to the House of Commons Transport Committee from transport minister Robert Goodwill, which published it on 6 June.

Criminal counsel was instructed earlier this year but “it would be premature, and potentially damaging to any prospective prosecution” to discuss the matter further at this point, Goodwill wrote in the letter. The DfT continues to collaborate with other prosecuting authorities from across the EU, he added.

Goodwill also noted VW has now started applying technical fixes to some of the 1.2m cars affected in the UK, following consent by the German authorities. The VCA is still discussing the approval of a technical solution for Skoda cars.

Gareth Simkins 

Additional reporting by Rachel Burgess

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spqr 10 June 2016

NOx values

are probably not relevant to a car buyer because if they were nobody would ever buy a diesel.
scotty5 10 June 2016

Good luck

Good luck with this one but it sounds like a waste of taxpayers money to me. Gov "did you check the NOx levels?" Skoda "yes, but we didn't know the engines supplied to us had cheat devices either". And then of course you have to ask yourself was Skoda cheating their customers? How many UK customers bought their Skoda based on it's NOx value? Just like VW, I'll hazard a guess and say not a single one.
Flatus senex 10 June 2016

Please get the cliche right

It is "VWgate" not "dieselgate"
catnip 10 June 2016

Flatus senex wrote: It is

Flatus senex wrote:

It is "VWgate" not "dieselgate"

Exactly, but you don't expect the UK motoring press to go along with that, do you?