Fylde MP grills Volkswagen managing director over emissions scandal

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has demanded that the taxpayer does not end up paying for Volkswagen’s “deception” over the diesel emissions scandal.

The Member of Parliament, who is a member of the Transport Select Committee, also questioned Volkswagen UK managing director Paul Willis over the compensation customers and dealerships could expect to receive from the company.

The German car maker has admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide are fitted with software which was used to cheat environmental tests in the US.

Close to 1.2 million vehicles are affected in the UK.

While motorists have been told that they will not have to pay higher vehicle excise duty for driving cars with increased emissions, Mr Menzies said it should be for the company which pays that money back into the public purse.

He added: “If motorists are expected to pay more for putting high emission vehicles on the road, then I do not see why Volkswagen should not do so.

“I also wanted to put on record that I felt drivers who have bought these cars in good faith should be compensated for their inconvenience in getting them repaired and for any loss of value to the vehicle.

“Thirdly, dealerships, which rely on consumer confidence to sell vehicles, may also be hit in the pocket by this scandal and I wanted to make sure Volkswagen was aware of its responsibilities to those franchises.”

The Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, had also been called to give evidence to the committee.

During questioning, Mr Menzies urged the Minister to work with Treasury colleagues to ask Volkswagen to compensate the Government for loss in tax revenue through falsified emission levels.

Mr McLoughlin agreed it was something his department would look into.

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