Between 2008 and 2016, Volkswagen sold millions of vehicles worldwide, including 1.2 million in the UK, which emitted levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NOx), a pollutant seriously harmful to human health, in excess of the limits laid down by Regulations imposed by the European Union.
The vehicles only passed emissions tests because Volkswagen had installed software in their engines which detected that the vehicles were being tested and operated in a different way in order to pass the test. Consumers were victims of VW’s deception, in that they purchased vehicles which they believed to be environmentally friendly when, in fact, they were not.
Since the deceit was exposed by the ICCT in 2014, VW has modified the vehicles to reduce their NOx emissions to within the limits laid down by the Regulations. It appears, however, that the modification has resulted in a detriment to the performance of vehicles.
Despite being found in breach of regulations in the US and across Europe, and having settled for over $15 billion dollars in the US, VW continues to defend claims and to deny any liability in the UK.
PGMBM, representing over 15,000 vehicle owners, is one of the three firms on the steering committee conducting the group litigation against Volkswagen in the High Court of Justice.
The steering committee has been involved in a hearing, which commenced on 2 December 2019 and concluded on 13 December 2019, in which His Honour Judge Waksman was asked to decide as a preliminary issue whether the software installed by VW is a prohibited ‘defeat device’ within the EU Regulations.
The decision following that hearing is expected imminently. To find out more, visit: claimagainstvw.com