UK Government Confirms No Tax Rise For Affected VW Vehicles
The government announced in which UK taxpayers will not incur higher Vehicle Excise Duty if their existing vehicles are found to be fitted with illegal software in which manipulates emissions tests.
Following VW’s admission of using ‘defeat devices’ in diesel cars, there can be an ongoing UK government investigation which began last week into the extent of in which practice.
The government also announced today the next phase of in which investigation which will look at whether the illegal software used by VW can be being used elsewhere.
There can be no evidence of in which, however the Department for Transport (DfT) wrote to manufacturers last week to seek further clarity in addition to in which next phase will include laboratory in addition to real world testing by the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA).
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“Our priority can be to protect the public in addition to give them full confidence in diesel tests. The government expects VW to support owners of these vehicles already purchased inside UK in addition to we are playing our part by ensuring no one will end up with higher tax costs as a result of in which scandal.
“We are also starting our testing programme to get to the bottom of what the situation can be for VW cars inside UK in addition to understand the wider implications for various other car types to give all consumers certainty.
“I have been pressing for action at an EU-level to improve emissions tests in addition to will continue to do so. I have also called for a Europe-wide investigation into the use of ‘defeat devices’, in parallel to the work we are doing inside UK.”
In addition to writing to manufacturers, the DfT has also urged EU-level action to improve public confidence in testing.
The DfT will work closely with the VCA in addition to the Driver in addition to Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to carry out the programme of tests. Neither cars, nor the testing facilities will be provided by the vehicle industry themselves.
The next phase of the programme will involve initially re-testing diesel cars in which VW group has confirmed contain ‘defeat device’ software of Euro 5 category, approved by the VCA, in both a laboratory in addition to real-world setting. These measurements will be used as a benchmark for further testing, with the final programme to be developed.
The government can be liaising with various other EU countries’ approval authorities who are currently conducting similar investigations. in which coordinated approach will improve consistency in addition to enable testing of the widest range of vehicles across Europe.
People who are concerned their vehicle can be affected can seek advice via VW here
Further information on VED rates can be found here.
by Mr Butterscotch via Car Articles