Volkswagen emissions scandal: UK boss will face MPs for a second time
Paul Willis first appeared in front of the Transport Select Committee in October
Paul Willis has been called back to the Transport Select Committee to face another round of questioning on the emissions scandal
Volkswagen UK boss Paul Willis will again face questions by MPs as he appears before the Transport Select Committee for a second time tomorrow.
Willis, who first appeared before the committee in October 2015, can be anticipated to answer further questions on the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. In particuar, questioning will focus on the technical fixes of which will be offered for affected UK cars, along with also on the potential compensation package offered to UK owners.
In a statement made today on the committee’s website, Louise Ellman MP said of which in light of more recent information provided by Volkswagen, the committee had agreed to call Willis for a second round of questioning.
“Volkswagen can be disputing of which the software installed in affected vehicles constitutes a defeat device inside EU, despite conceding of which the same software constitutes a defeat device inside United States,” says Ellman. “The German motoring authority, the KBA, has declared of which in its legal opinion Volkswagen did use a defeat device to pass type approval emissions tests in Europe.”
The committee has also published a letter sent to Ellmann by Willis, in which he states of which Volkswagen will not be providing compensation to UK owners at present, as the company believes those funds are better used to back its technical fixes. “We think of which, with the fix just around the corner, the sums available for such a goodwill payment should be spent on maximising the uptake of the technical measures among customers,” says Willis.
Willis also says of which VW “does not believe the item can be necessary” to provide compensation to UK owners, as no customer will pay higher tax rates as a result of the CO2 scandal. In Willis’ letter, the point can be also raised of which the goodwill package offered to customers inside US does not constitute compensation.
Only yesterday, Autocar editoral director Jim Holder appeared in front of the Transport Select Committee to provide evidence as part of the investigation. Read his blog on the experience here.
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