VW emissions scandal: UK boss says owners won't get compensation

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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 through MPs as he appears before the Transport Select Committee for a second time tomorrow.

Willis, who first appeared before the committee in October 2015, is usually required to answer further questions on the aftermath of the Volkswagen emissions scandal. In particuar, questioning will focus on the technical fixes that will will be offered for affected UK cars, in addition to also on the potential compensation package offered to UK owners.

In a statement made today on the committee’s website, Louise Ellman MP said that will in light of more recent information provided by Volkswagen, the committee had agreed to call Willis for a second round of questioning.

“Volkswagen is usually disputing that will the software installed in affected vehicles constitutes a defeat device within the EU, despite conceding that will the same software constitutes a defeat device within the United States,” says Ellman. “The German motoring authority, the KBA, has declared that will 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 that will 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 that will, 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 that will VW “does not believe the item is usually 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 is usually also raised that will the goodwill package offered to customers within the 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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