Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Claims
Are you one of the thousands of UK residents that has been affected by the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal? Emissions.co.uk can tell you today if you have a Dieselgate Compensation Claim.
For years, Volkswagen lied about the emissions that their cars were releasing into the world by installing a “defeat device” into their cars. This defeat device would trick emissions tests into thinking the emissions were much lower than actual real-world figures showed.
This has led to potential worse fuel economy, more harmful emissions in the environment, and an erosion of trust for a huge car manufacturer
Approximately 1.2 million cars were affected in the UK in a scandal that has since been labelled “dieselgate”.
Now, thousands of UK residents are fighting back against VW’s lie. If you have been affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal, you can potentially claim compensation. Let emissions.co.uk guide you through your next steps and ensure that no car manufacturer can put profit over honesty ever again.
Emissions.co.uk can tell you whether your car has been affected by dieselgate in a matter of minutes. Get in touch today by completing our easy-to-use online form and you are on your way.
What is the VW Emissions Scandal?
The dieselgate scandal first hit the headlines in September 2015, when Volkswagen admitted that 11 million vehicles had been installed with a “defeat device” globally. They only admitted this because American regulators had discovered that certain vehicles were fitted with a software that would ensure their diesel engines performed differently when they sensed the car was being tested in a lab.
1.2 million of these vehicles were in the UK, with other VW-owned brands being affected such as Audi, Seat and Skoda.
Tests in the US show that some of these cars 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.
In January 2017, the car manufacturer pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the US, with a judge ordering them to pay an eye-watering $2.8 billion fine for “rigging diesel-powered powered vehicles to cheat the emission tests”. As a result of the scandal, VW chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned.
Since then, VW has paid out £26 billion in fines and compensation worldwide. Now, the fight is being fought in the UK, for you.
Which cars are affected?
Millions of cars have been affected worldwide, across VW and their wider brand.
The VW 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 car has been affected by the dieselgate scandal in a matter of minutes. Complete our eligibility checker to find out if we can help you claim compensation.
How much compensation can I receive for a VW Emissions Claim?
There is currently no guidance in the UK on the amount of compensation you might receive for a dieselgate claim. Having said this, we can compare the potential amount of compensation received by drivers in the US and Germany already.
- Germany – Estimated between £1,140 - £5,300 per driver
- US – Estimated between $5,100 - $10,000 per driver
We will keep clients updated in relation to High Court rulings on compensation.
Emissions.co.uk also work on a No Win, No Fee basis. There will be no charge for our services should you be unsuccessful.
How do I begin my VW dieselgate claim?
If you believe your car has been affected by the VW dieselgate scandal, you can start your claim today. Our expert panel at emissions.co.uk can guide you through the process, with our initial contact being completely free.
In order to start your claim get in touch using our online enquiry form today.
The deadline for the group litigation has closed – Why can I still make a claim?
Whilst the deadline for the Group Action has passed, this does not mean you cannot bring forward a claim against VW. If you fall within the limitation period of six years, you can still bring a claim forward for compensation.
Emissions.co.uk recognise that not everyone was aware of this issue before the deadline to join the Group Action passed. We are keeping our door open for all Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda owners so that they can rightfully claim what is theirs.
The complaint itself raises various claims around contract law, breaches of statutory duty, and tort (deceit). The statute of limitations for this area of law is six years, meaning you have until September 2021 to bring forward a claim, as the scandal first came to light in September 2015. If you believe your car has been affected, we’d advise getting in touch as soon as possible.
The UK Dieselgate Court Cases – A Timeline
7th April 2020 – UK High Court finds that emissions-testing software installed in Volkswagen Group’s vehicles did constitute unlawful “defeat devices” under EU rules. Mr Justice Waksman called some of VW’s defences that the vehicles did not utilise such devices ‘hopeless’, ‘highly flawed’ and ‘completely irrelevant’.
7th August 2020 – Court of Appeal rejects Volkswagen’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 VW Emissions Compensation Claim Today
Have you been affected by the VW emissions scandal? Do you want to make a claim for compensation against dieselgate? 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 VW 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:
- No Win, No Fee*
- No Upfront Payments
- An Expert Panel
- Regulated and Authorised by The Financial Conduct Authority
Find out today if you are eligible to claim by completing our free to use eligibility checker.