Friday 22 June 2018

Volkswagen fined £880m over diesel emissions scandal

The car giant said it accepted the fine, imposed by prosecutors in Braunschweig.

The firm sold millions of vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software (Gareth Fuller/PA)
The firm sold millions of vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software (Gareth Fuller/PA)

By Associated Press Reporters

Car maker Volkswagen has said it is being fined one billion euro (£880 million) by German authorities in connection with the diesel emissions scandal.

Volkswagen said it would accept the fine imposed by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig.

Prosecutors concluded that Volkswagen failed to properly oversee the activity of its engine development department, resulting in some 10.7 million diesel vehicles with illegal emissions-controlling software being sold worldwide.

The scandal, which came to light in the United States in 2015, has already cost the German car giant billions in penalties imposed by US authorities.

The firm said it hoped that paying the German fine would have “positive effects on other official proceedings being conducted in Europe against Volkswagen” and its subsidiaries.

Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating on US emissions tests by equipping diesel cars with software that turned on emissions controls when the vehicles were on test stands, and reduced the controls during normal driving.

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn was charged in March in the US with wire fraud and conspiring to violate the US Clean Air Act.

Two lower-ranking Volkswagen executives have been jailed in the United States, while five others have been charged but not been apprehended.

German prosecutors are investigating Winterkorn and 48 others in connection with the emissions scandal.

Winterkorn resigned days after the US government accused Volkswagen of evading emissions standards, saying at the time that he was not aware of any wrongdoing on his part.

Press Association

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