Invoicing Volkswagen

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


To ask the Mayor for an update on the outcome of the invoice he sent to Volkswagen for congestion charge costs to the people of London from cheating on emissions tests.


Answer for Invoicing Volkswagen

Answer for Invoicing Volkswagen

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am disappointed by the utter contempt Volkswagen (VW) has shown for Londoners. Their appalling lack of action since the 'dieselgate' scandal came to light must not be allowed to continue.

I met with the Managing Director of VW UK to urge them to compensate the thousands of Londoners who bought VW cars in good faith, but whose diesel engines are now contributing to London's killer air, and also to reimburse Transport for London for the £2.5 million loss of congestion charge revenue.

Unfortunately, VW made it abundantly clear that they have no interest or intention of reimbursing Londoners or indeed any UK customers who bought these polluting vehicles. They are also in denial over their responsibility to help clean up London's filthy air and mitigate the damage their cars have caused.

It is now nearly two years since the 'dieselgate' scandal and the Government must stop dragging their feet and urgently intervene. VW is making a laughing stock of the UK - the Government needs to demand a compensation package that equals the billions VW gave customers in America.

I am determined to stand up for those Londoners forced to breathe filthy air and who have been misled by VW.