VW Letter

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0176
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What response have you received from VW following your letter of the 18th November and how do you intend to take this matter forward?

Answer

Answer for VW Letter

Answer for VW Letter

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since I sent the letter, VW have contacted my office and a meeting will take place in due course. Subsequently, further allegations have emerged about Fiat Chrysler's and Renault's potential use of 'defeat devices', which reinforces the fact that 'dieselgate' is a global health scandal. I will be writing to both Fiat Chrysler and Renault to ask them to respond to these claims.

The responsible prosecuting authority in the UK is DfT. I have written to Chris Grayling urging him to stand up for the British public, and come forward with an urgent strong plan of action. In London alone thousands of Londoners unwittingly bought VW cars unaware that their 'dirty' diesel engines were contributing to London's poor air quality.

The Government needs to show leadership and demand compensation for the diesel emissions which have affected millions of people across the UK combined with a national diesel scrappage scheme to get these vehicles off our streets now.

As we wait for DfT to take meaningful action I will continue to explore what options are available to me, and will push the European Union to tighten the rules for type approving new vehicle models.