British drivers affected by the diesel emissions scandal are launching legal action against car maker Volkswagen in an attempt to get thousands of pounds in compensation.
Ten thousand motorists who feel they were misled into buying cars that emit more nitrogen oxide than they thought are taking action, seeking £3,000 each, adding up to a total £30 million.
Some 1.2 million British vehicles, including Audis, Skodas and Seats, were affected by the emissions scandal, which centred around cars being fitted with software to cheat emissions tests. If VW had to pay out for every one, the cost would rise to £3.6 billion.
The company has come under pressure from MPs to take action to fix the cars and to compensate drivers.
Last year judges in the US approved a £12 billion settlement for compensation for drivers there, with each set to receive up to £8,000.
However, in the UK VW has not yet offered any compensation to drivers.
The legal case is being headed by Harcus Sinclair UK on behalf of a consortium of firms.
Damon Parker, head of litigation at Harcus Sinclair, told the Daily Mail drivers felt they had “no choice but to take legal action”.
“The group action aims to ensure that, if VW is found to have misled consumers about the environmental damage caused by their cars, they are penalised accordingly so as to discourage this sort of behaviour from happening again,” he said.
VW Group UK would not comment for legal reasons.
It comes as UK car industry executives said diesel technology is set to be a thing of the past. The plan is to invest in the technology needed for battery electric vehicles over the next five years.
Figures from KPMG’s annual global automotive executive survey also show that 90 per cent of executives expect electric vehicles to dominate the market by 2025.
Source: The Telegraph