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Emissions scandal-hit VW may have to pay out to motorists

Published 29/10/2015

Patrick McLoughlin said Volkswagen had
Patrick McLoughlin said Volkswagen had "behaved disgracefully"

Volkswagen may need to compensate motorists who lose money as a result of the emissions scandal when they sell their car, the Transport Secretary has suggested.

Patrick McLoughlin was challenged on the issue of the impact of the scandal on the resale value of Volkswagen cars at transport questions in the House of Commons.

Jim Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford, asked the Transport Secretary if he agreed that the "full financial implications" should be "given to the feet of Volkswagen and Audi".

Mr McLoughlin said: "That is one of the issues which I think VW will have to address in due course."

The Transport Secretary told MPs that the car giant had "acted disgracefully" throughout the scandal which has affected more than one million vehicles in the UK.

He said the Government will put pressure on the car manufacturer to ensure it meets its pledge to fix affected vehicles by the end of 2016.

Holly Lynch, Labour MP for Halifax, asked: "Volkswagen's new CEO has said that all the affected vehicles will be fixed by the end of 2016.

"However, the UK's managing director has said that this might not be deliverable.

"What assurance can the Secretary of State give the House that he is working with Volkswagen to ensure that the affected vehicles will be fixed by the end of 2016?"

Mr McLoughlin replied: "I will be looking to Volkswagen who have, it has to be said, acted disgracefully in this whole episode, to ensure that they live up to the expectations which they promised originally.

"We will be working to make sure that does happen."

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