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Volkswagen owners won't pay a higher road tax

By Neil Lancefield

Published 03/10/2015

Motorists will not be forced to pay more in car tax even if their vehicles are found to be fitted with illegal software to cheat emissions tests, the Government has confirmed.

German car-maker Volkswagen has admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide are fitted with defeat device software.

The UK Government has launched an investigation to re-test cars to compare their laboratory results with real-world driving emissions

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "Our priority is to protect the public and give them full confidence in diesel tests.

"The Government expects VW to support owners of these vehicles already purchased in the UK and we are playing our part by ensuring no one will end up with higher tax costs as a result of this scandal."

The German car giant is contacting 1.2million motorists in the UK to arrange for their vehicles to be "corrected".

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