VW might be able to get away with their diesel cheating emissions test if the Europe regulators will not act on this. This is according to a group of MPs and there is “real danger” there.
A report that was published by the Transport Select Committee indicated that the Department for Transport has been relatively slow in terms of investigating whether the car giant should be prosecuted in the UK over last year’s rigged emissions testing.
They expressed concern with regards to the “ambivalence” towards assessing the legality of VW’s use of software in order to cheat their way round. The committee also warned that without the right sanctions, there is little to prevent from the same incident to happen again.
The report stated: “The Department has been far too slow to assess the applicability of its powers to prosecute VW.”
According to Louise Ellman, chair of the committee, Volkswagen Group has acted cynically to cheat emissions tests which exist solely to protect human health.
“Volkswagen's evidence to us was just not credible but the Government has lacked the will to hold VW accountable for its actions.
“There is a real danger that VW will be able to get away with cheating emissions tests in Europe if regulators do not act.”
Last year, VW admitted that it had affected over 482,000 of their diesel cars in the US that has the defeat device software that enables switching engines to a cleaner mode when the car is being tested. It also announced that almost 1.2 million vehicles in the UK are affected.
There is really utmost concern on the side of the MP and even the consumers with regards to the non-investigation of VW in relation to their diesel scandal. We cannot deny that other countries have been moving relatively quick in order to prosecute the car brand and seeks sustainable solution for the affected cars. With regards why UK is not doing the same is the question we need to still find answers. One assumption might be because the brand is home grown. Second, they might be helping VW in a way considering the huge amount it could cost them.