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Skoda owners up and down the country are claiming their deserved compensation because of the dieselgate scandal. Find out today if you can join them.
Thousands of Skoda drivers could have been affected by the Volkswagen Group emissions scandal that unfolded in 2015. Volkswagen Group has owned the Czech car manufacturer since 2000, and certain Skoda models have been involved in the emissions court cases ever since.
Skoda is a popular car in the UK, with many high mileage industries opting for the car manufacturer, such as taxi drivers and other company drivers. It is estimated that around 131,569 Skoda vehicles have been embroiled in the dieselgate scandal.
If you bought and owned a Skoda in between 2009 and 2016, you may be entitled to compensation. Here at emissions.co.uk, we are making sure that car manufacturers are held accountable for their lies. If you believe you have a claim for compensation, our No Win, No Fee Emissions Solicitors can help.
What is the Skoda Emissions Scandal?
The infamous dieselgate scandal was brought to light in 2015 in USA. The Volkswagen Group admitted to fitting certain cars with a “defeat device” after American regulators had found anomalies in their testing relating to emissions. Certain vehicles fitted with this “defeat device” would ensure that their diesel engines performed differently when they sensed the car was being tested, and therefore were able to pass certain emissions tests.
Tests at the time in America showed that the cars fitted with the defeat devices emitted almost 40 times the permitted US levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a polluting gas that contributes to respiratory diseases, cancer, acid rain and smog.
This affected all of the Volkswagen Group’s subsidiaries too, including Audi, Seat and Skoda. 1.2 million cars were affected in the UK, with 131,569 of them being made by Skoda.
In addition to this, fuel economy on the Skoda vehicles may have been greatly overstated. This has meant those in high mileage industries, like taxis, could have been using a lot more fuel than they thought they would have based from the initial specifications.
Volkswagen have fought every court case since 2015, but have since paid out £26 billion in fines and compensation worldwide. Now, it is the UK’s turn to receive compensation.
Which Skoda models are affected?
Millions of cars have been affected worldwide, across VW and their wider brand. Many Skoda vehicles are thought to be affected.
The Skoda NOx Emissions Group Litigation specifically relates to vehicles that:
- Are manufactured by Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT or Skoda
- Are fitted with a 1.2, 1.6, 2.0 litre EA189 Diesel engine
- Manufactured before 2016
Emissions.co.uk can advise if your Skoda has been affected by the dieselgate scandal in a matter of minutes. Get in touch to find out if we can help you claim compensation.
How can I find out if my Skoda has been affected by dieselgate?
Many Skoda owners should have already received a letter from Skoda to inform them if their car is affected. However, if not, there are ways to find out. There is a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) for every Skoda in the UK, and this number can be used to check if a defeat device was installed in your car.
The easiest way to find out if your car has been affected is to contact our expert panel. Emissions.co.uk can tell you in a matter of hours whether or not your car had a defeat device installed and can help you claim compensation if it has.
How much compensation can I receive for a Skoda Emissions Claim?
There is currently no guidance in the UK on the amount of compensation you might receive for a Skoda dieselgate claim. Emissions.co.uk will keep clients updated in relation to High Court rulings on compensation.
How do I begin my Skoda dieselgate claim?
To register your interest in claiming compensation for the Skoda emissions scandal, all you have to do is fill out our two-minute online form. You will then find out instantly if you are eligible to claim.
The deadline for the group litigation has closed – Why can I still make a claim?
The Volkswagen Group’s litigation is a little further down the line than most dieselgate claims. The deadline to join the Group Litigation for Skoda owners has now passed. This does not mean, however, you cannot still claim.
A full trial is due to take place in 2022. If the courts find that Volkswagen is guilty (which is likely considering court cases in USA, Canada, Germany, and Australia) then it is possible you can file a claim afterwards.
We would advise contacting us as soon as possible, however, as the statute of limitations means that you have until September 2021 to formally lodge a complaint.
The UK Dieselgate Court Cases – A Timeline
7th April 2020 – UK High Court finds that emissions-testing software installed in Volkswagen Group’s vehicles, including Skoda, did constitute unlawful “defeat devices” under EU rules. Mr Justice Waksman called some of Volkswagen Group’s defences that the vehicles did not utilise such devices ‘hopeless’, ‘highly flawed’ and ‘completely irrelevant’.
7th August 2020 – Court of Appeal rejects Volkswagen Group’s appeal, making landmark ruling on Dieselgate. Lord Justice Males states in the Court of Appeal that ‘Mr Justice Waksman’s “defeat device” issue was clearly correct’
Expected to be heard not before March 2022 – Group Litigation full trial to commence. A decision is to be made here about whether any compensation is to be paid to motorists, though considering other cases in Canada, US, Germany, and Australia, it is highly likely.
Start your Skoda Emissions Compensation Claim Today
If you have been affected by the Skoda emissions scandal, our expert panel are here to help. If you want to make a claim for compensation because you have been affected by dieselgate, we can guide you through your next steps. Whilst the deadline to join the Group Action has passed this does not necessarily mean that you do not have a claim providing that you still fall within the limitation period.
Our panel of Skoda emissions claims solicitors can bring a claim forward on your behalf. We can hold the Volkswagen Group to account, while also getting you compensation.
At Emissions.co.uk we make claiming for compensation easy:
Find out today if you are eligible to claim by completing our free to use eligibility checker.