The Department for Transport has revealed that the ‘fix’ for the defeat device on UK models of VW, Audi. SEAT and Skoda will be voluntary, with no compulsory recall.
In Germany, the government is enforcing the recall of cars from VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda with the EA 189 engine fitted with defeat device software, but that’s not happening in the UK.
The Department for Transport has revealed today that the onus to have the affected cars fixed is going to be entirely on owners, and on VW to recall the cars, with no compulsion to get the work done.
The ‘No Compulsory Recall’ does make it look like the government’s none too concerned that there are 1.2 million VW Group cars in the UK emitting up to 40 times the NOx and particulates they’re certified for. Which we’re sure is not their intention.
Why bother getting the VW defeat device removed?
In a fluffy-bunny world, the owner of any car fitted with the defeat device would have no hesitation in getting their car fixed to emit less NOx and particulates, but in the real world that may be very different.
After all, the government in the UK has already declared that owners of affected cars won’t see their VED and BIK bills rise as a result of VW’s subterfuge, and as there’s a distinct possibility that many of the ‘fixed’ cars could end up with poorer performance and poorer economy as a result of the ‘fix’ (whatever VW may currently be saying) we’re not sure we’d have our own car fixed.
We have asked the Department for Transport why they’re not making the ‘No extra tax on VW Defeat Device Cars‘ conditional on owners having the ‘fix’ – which would seem to be the sensible decision as there’s no compulsory recall, or compulsion on owners to accept the fix – but the DfT is adamant that there are sufficient incentives to have it done without that.
The DfT, rightly, assert that the ‘fix’ is for NOx and particulates, but they also state that any changes VW make won’t affect performance or economy (we’re not so sure that’s going to be the case). They also cite that many owners will want to make sure their cars are emitting the lower levels of NOx they expected (we’re sure some VW owners will be that noble), and that VW may make not having the fix a reason to invalidate the car’s warranty (many are out of warranty, and we think VW would find that hard to argue legally as the ‘fix’ – as they’ve stated – is not a safety issue or one that affects the running of the car).
We can see large numbers of cars in the UK fitted with the defeat device NOT getting the fix, as owners seem to potentially have more to lose than gain by having it done. And even if VW are forced to make the recall mandatory, we’re not convinced that would make it compulsory for owners to accept the ‘fix’.
Which would be a real shame, and a lost opportunity to make a small – but worthwhile – dent in the NOx and particulate levels from car emissions by making the ‘No extra tax’ promise dependant on the fix.
More on the VW Emissions scandal:
- VW Defeat Device: 400,000 UK Volkswagens need PHYSICAL modifications
- Volkswagen Emissions fix for VW, Audi, SEAT & Skoda starts January 2016 – will take a year to complete
- VW Defeat Device: UK car checker for VW and Audi cars now LIVE
- OFFICIAL: NO extra tax on VW defeat device cars in UK
- VW Defeat Device Emissions Scam is a ‘One-Off’ says SMMT boss. REALLY?
- VW Defeat Device: 1.2 MILLION UK VW, SEAT, Audi & Skoda cars affected
- VW Defeat Device: Political OBSESSION with CO2 is the root cause
- Now 2.1 MILLION Audi cars confirmed with VW Defeat Device
- VW Defeat Device: Bosch WARNED VW it was only for ‘Testing’ purposes
- Volkswagen Defeat Device Scam: 5 MILLION VW-badged cars affected
- Matthias Mueller is new VW CEO as it’s revealed 2.8 MILLION German cars affected by Defeat Device Scam
- £100 BILLION bill if VW forced to buy back defeat device cars
- BMW DID NOT use defeat device to scam X3 emissions
- Volkswagen DID use defeat device to scam emissions tests in UK & Europe
- VW suspect emissions revealed 18 MONTHS ago – BMW was ‘Clean’ in the same tests
- VW CEO Martin Winterkorn RESIGNS over emissions scandal
- VW defeat device software in MOST diesel cars – Porsche, Audi, SEAT and Skoda in the frame too
- “We totally screwed up” says VW as it reveals 2016 Passat in the US
- VW’s Martin Winterkorn apologies for emissions “defeat device” scam. Well, he would, wouldn’t he?
- Volkswagen fitted ILLEGAL “defeat device” software to SCAM emissions tests