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Volkswagen emissions: Transport Committee drive for redress continues

22 December 2017

Two years since the Transport Committee's first session with Volkswagen on the emissions scandal, the Chair of the Committee publishes correspondence with Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, outlining her disappointment that the Government has not yet taken concrete action.

In her more recent letter to the minister the Chair asks the Department for Transport to reflect on the kind of legislative proposals which would protect consumers 'from manufacturers who circumvent the rules, and the public from vehicles that are more polluting that the rules allow'.

The Transport Committee has tracked the emissions scandal from October 2015, holding evidence sessions and publishing a Report in July 2016. The Committee maintained that the car manufacturer had failed UK customers and that the Department for Transport should be more forceful on the UK's behalf.

Recent correspondence

Maintaining the drive for customer redress and consumer confidence, the Committee recently published correspondence with:

  • Managing Director of Volkswagen, Paul Willis
  • Minister of State, John Hayes MP
  • and the Chief Executive of the DVSA, Gareth Llewellyn

Chair's comment

Chair of the Transport Committee, Lilian Greenwood MP, said:

"I am grateful to the Minister for his reply, but on the face of it, there appears to be little effective action to deal with this scandal and that is wholly unsatisfactory for customers.

This affair broke more than two year ago, and still the Government has not been able to secure any compensation for UK consumers, in start contrast to the position in other countries. Ministers need to consider as a matter of urgency what they can do to protect the public from manufacturers who break the rules.

It is also disappointing that on many other important issues, including the possibility of an investigation in the UK, the release of the Jones Day report, and assistance for consumers there seems to be no real update or meaningful progress. That is why I have now written back to the Minister urging action and requesting the Committee be kept regularly informed on developments between now and March 2018."

Background

 Recently published Committee correspondence on the Volkswagen emissions scandal includes:

Further information

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