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VW Cars Caught Up in ‘Dieselgate’ Could Be Forced Off the Road

Posted on: May 4, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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The dieselgate scandal is hotting up again after VicRoads, the Victorian licensing and registration body, has announced it will consider forcing VW cars with falsified emissions tests off the roads unless they are recalled and repaired by Volkswagen.

VicRoads has the power to remove these cars from the roads by suspending the registrations of any VW, Audi or Skoda models known to be affected by the widespread scandal. This could mean any car that has been found to have engine software designed to cheat emissions tests could be “non-compliant with the standards for registration” unless the software, and emissions levels, are repaired through a mass recall.

Volkswagen has already issued a ‘voluntary recall’ of around 100,000 cars in Australia – some of which were found to produce over 40 times the legal emissions limit. A campaign to remove the emissions software from around 8000 Amarok trade utes has already begun, with further recalls for other expected cars planned for June/July

Some of the car models that may not meet the standards of registration include the Volkswagen Golf, Passat, Polo, and Tiguan, as well as the Audi A4 and Q5 and the Skoda Octavia.

It is unclear what the affect of a mass removal of registration would be on drivers, but it is likely that it would force VW to recall its cars or leave thousands of Australian drivers stranded. Currently, only Victoria is considering taking action, but their decisions could influence other states.

This comes after news that Volkswagen is not planning to offer any compensation to Australian customers, many of which feel they were misled by advertising – and now could be stuck with a car that they cannot drive. This is despite the fact that VW owners in the US have been offered almost $6,600 US dollars each to dissuade them from taking legal action.

Even worse is the fact that any motorist caught driving a car that doesn’t comply with Australian standards could be fined up to $3080, depending on where they live. Although Victorian Police has said that they will not profile VW drivers, as it is very hard to detect the compliance of a car while on the road, a mass de-registration would make it clear to them which cars can or cannot be on the roads.

Volkswagen is currently facing a class action lawsuit, lead by law firm Maurice Blackburn. While the company has been ordered by the Federal Court to provide full and accurate details of its cars emissions both on the road and in testing, they have so far failed to comply.

This huge scandal has been a massive blow to Volkswagen, both in profits and in the eyes of its customers who claim to have been ‘betrayed’. VW has set aside $9.7 billion dollars to address the scandal, presumably for payouts, fines, and legal fees.

 

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