Drivers who neglect to get their cars updated will have them deregistered as Germany gets tough on emissions laws

Owners of Dieselgate-affected Volkswagen Group cars in Germany who refuse to have the manufacturer's emissions fix applied could have their cars deregistered by authorities. 

Automobilwoche reports that the KBA, Germany's motor vehicle regulator, has already revoked the registrations of several Audi and VW cars without the fix in Hamburg and Munich following repeated warnings to the drivers, because the cars were still emitting more NOx than was originally declared. 

The fix is mandatory in Germany because the authorities declared it a safety recall, whereas in the UK it was labelled a 'service action’. The KBA told Automobilwoche: "The recall is compulsory. Cars that are not fixed can eventually be taken out of service. Subject to the release date of the updates, the car owner has had about a year and a half. Plenty of time to take part in the recall."

The deregistrations are therefore not completely unexpected. Similar deregistrations are unlikely to happen in the UK because the fix was not declared a safety issue here.

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As of June, 95% of the total 2.46 million affected German cars had had the fix applied. Of the remaining cars, 0.6% are being referred to their local authorities after several warnings, and this can eventually lead to registrations being revoked.

Owners across Europe are sceptical of the fix after claims that the software update can cause cars to become less fuel efficient and lead to faults that trigger 'limp home' mode

An Autocar investigation carried out on a 1.6-litre diesel VW Touran found that, despite NOx emissions reducing by almost half after the fix, the car returned poorer fuel economy and emitted 6.5% more CO2.

VW continues to claim that the fix has no adverse effect on cars’ reliability, emissions or fuel economy, backed up by verification from the KBA.

Deregistrations will commence depending on when the owners were issued with the recall notice; this means that some owners’ cars could be deregistered next month. 

According to a VW spokesman, the fix is not expected to reach a 100% rate, due to some affected cars having been written off or being untraceable by the government, but the rate is climbing. 

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25 July 2017

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

25 July 2017
JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with, unlike certain Vauxhalls.

If I was in possesion of a VW that needed fixing, it would already have been traded in, let the dealer or next owner decide what to do with it. 

25 July 2017
Citytiger wrote:

JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with, unlike certain Vauxhalls.

If I was in possesion of a VW that needed fixing, it would already have been traded in, let the dealer or next owner decide what to do with it. 

What would you buy instead - the finger has been pointed at all brands - to deflect criticism of the EU-NEDC test which is the real problem as it's simply unrealistic in the real world - gives stupid figures for PHEVs as well.

25 July 2017
Ruperts Trooper wrote:

What would you buy instead - the finger has been pointed at all brands.........

Care to show the evidence against BMW?

26 July 2017
Ruperts Trooper wrote:

What would you buy instead - the finger has been pointed at all brands 

Same question, can you show any evidence against Volvo, Ford,  PSA, JLR, Vauxhall, Toyota, Mazda...

25 July 2017
Citytiger wrote:

JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with, unlike certain Vauxhalls.

If I was in possesion of a VW that needed fixing, it would already have been traded in, let the dealer or next owner decide what to do with it. 

 

This is potentially debatable - couple of VAG fires cropping up and diesel run away issues. A site is dedicated to post fix vehicles. One of the concerns raised is long and continuous regens at regular intervals, placing extra stress on compenonents not designed to now in a different t way as a new pattern/cycle is introduced. 

Pre fix no issues on heat generation post fix - debatable 

25 July 2017

Can You share the URL ?

26 July 2017
Jimbbobw1977 wrote:

Citytiger wrote:

JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

It isnt a safety issue, the vehicles are not dangerous, they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with

This is potentially debatable - couple of VAG fires cropping up and diesel run away issues. A site is dedicated to post fix vehicles. 

Pre fix no issues on heat generation post fix - debatable 

like I said - they will not spontaneously erupt into flames if not fiddled with. Sorry perhaps I should have said "fixed" not fiddled

 

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16 August 2018
JnrMofo wrote:

So it's not a safety issue in the UK? We are an absolute joke of a country...

 

"We"?...define "we" According to your thinking(?), the country you refer to is the UK?...and it is denegrated and disparaged by you, because of that?.

 

Suggest you take stock of yourself and do not type such tripe and post anything again.

25 July 2017

Wow!  Volkswagen deceive their customers and the authorities by selling  a vehicle which isn't what they say it is, then say they will fix it, but the fix maybe compromises the vehicle so as a customer you might not want to have it done, so the authorities say in that case they will de-register your vehicle so you can't use it. Who'd be a Volkswagen customer?

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