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Volkswagen to face MPs after emissions scandal

The managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, Paul Willis will appear before the transport select committee to answer questions regarding the emissions cheating scandal.

Volkswagen has admitted that 11 million of its vehicles worldwide are fitted with software used to cheat environmental tests – nearly 1.2 million of these vehicles are in the UK.

The emissions scandal was sparked by US environmental regulators who found that Volkswagen had installed defeat device software which switched engines to a cleaner mode when they underwent testing.

Once on the road, the cars produced nitrogen oxide pollutants at up to 40 times the legal standard.

A recall is expected to start in the New Year with the aim of having all affected cars fixed by the end of 2016 [1].

The director of the charity the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding, told the Press Association; “many basic questions remain. Were the EU tests rigged by VW? What does the UK recall involve? What will happen to drivers who decide to ignore it? We hope the committee will get some straight answers” [1].

Andrew Pendleton, Friends of the Earth has said: “the committee must carefully and painstakingly grill VW, as they have many questions to answer about this major threat to public health. Not only have motorists been deceived, but some of the 52,000 people who die prematurely in the UK each year due to air pollution will have died because of this scandal” [1].

Questions are hoping to be answered about the impact of VW’s actions alongside what policies the Government will decide to enforce.

Willis will also give evidence to Parliament’s environmental audit committee on Thursday.

[1] The Guardian. ‘Volkswagen’s UK boss to face MPs over emissions scandal’ http://www.theguardian.com/