Car maker rejects request to fund UK government’s future vehicle emissions testing upgrades

Volkswagen has refused to pay £1 million to the Department for Transport (DfT) in order to upgrade emissions testing procedures following the dieselgate emissions scandal.

According to Autocar's sister title The ENDS Report, the money is needed to fund a market surveillance system that will be used to monitor the emissions of production vehicles to prevent a similar case happening again.

Volkswagen has argued that the monitoring process will not be directly related to dieselgate, because it will involve products from all manufacturers, so it can't be expected to foot the bill. The brand has already paid £1.1m towards funding the cost of retesting of existing cars.

“The only formal request for payment made by the UK government in respect of the NOx emissions issue came from the Department for Transport,” said a VW spokesman in an official response. “Initially, the Department requested that £2.1m be paid, composed of £1.1m in fees for historic testing and a further £1m for funding the work of a Market Surveillance Unit.

“Volkswagen paid the £1.1m during late 2016 and explained in November 2016 to the Department that there was no legal basis for the payment of the £1m to fund the Market Surveillance Unit’s future activities, which are unrelated to the NOx emissions issue affecting Volkswagen vehicles.”

The DfT hasn’t responded to VW following its refusal to pay, and the car maker has taken that as a form of acceptance. However, transport minister John Hayes has written to the brand twice in the past two months to urge the company to reimburse the department for the programme. It still refuses to do so.

VW has since reiterated its stance. “Volkswagen’s reasonable view is that the Department for Transport accepted that we had repaid the full amount incurred as a result of additional testing of Volkswagen vehicles,” it said in a statement.

The UK government has so far not taken action against VW, although the Mayor of London has called for compensation. VW maintains that it did not breach EU law, but in the US it is has been criminally prosecuted with a £12 billion settlement.

An average of 20,000 affected VW models are being issued a 'fix' in Britain per week. The brand expects to have recitified all cars by autumn.

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10 April 2017
For a pre-fix post-fix analysis of a Golf Diesel, come on Autocar it'll be the most interesting article you'll do all year.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

10 April 2017

Watch this space...

10 April 2017
That would be interesting. Real World figures for mpg pre and post fix would be nice. Also what about pre and post fix reliability / durability. All that extra soot won't do anything any good.

10 April 2017
Soot, whats soot got to do with it ? The scandal was about NOx not soot.

10 April 2017
...fabulous customer relations.....

10 April 2017
The UK government should be pursuing Volkswagen for all the lost VEL duty and Co.car tax not paid by owners because of the company's false co2 claims, but as usual big business gets away with it.
Pre and post fix analysis would be interesting: The host of a local radio show commented recently that she wished she could take her VW back for the 'fix' to be undone, as she didn't like the way it drove now.

10 April 2017
I'm not sure there is any difference in CO2 emissions. The VW scandal is all about NOx not CO2.

11 April 2017
Well, without any testing we'll never know. There must be SOMETHING different after the 'fix' or VW would have never gone to all the trouble to cheat at the emissions tests. For example, if MPG decreases, as has been commented on in some forums, then CO2 emissions will definitely go up as they are burning more fuel per mile...

14 April 2017
armstrm wrote:

I'm not sure there is any difference in CO2 emissions. The VW scandal is all about NOx not CO2.

The current furore over diesel is about NOx, but the Volkswagengate cheating scandal was about them getting around CO2 emissions. The amount not paid by VW owners around the world must be quite considerable, and it was Volkswagen that engineered this.

11 April 2017
Still Stinky.

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