David Niven, transport litigation and group action lawyer, examines the likely impacts and possible options for dealerships, fleet owners, motor resale, car hire and lease finance companies.
Out of the 11 million affected vehicles worldwide, we now know that nearly 1.2 million Volkswagen vehicles sold in the UK are fitted with the type of software known as “defeat devices” involved in the emissions scandal. These include diesel-powered cars with the VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda brand as well as VW commercial vehicles.
The Penningtons Manches transport team is currently concentrating on how this debacle might affect the motor resale and leasing industry and fleet owners rather than individual car buyers. For example:
If it can be shown that the defeat devices fitted to UK cars were able to bypass the European emissions tests, then Volkswagen could be in a similar position as it is in the US where lawyers are already considering bringing claims for devalued assets and for selling vehicles on the basis of false information.
It may then be possible for affected UK businesses to bring legal claims against VW to recover their losses. These are some of the possible options we are looking at to support businesses affected by this situation:
Penningtons Manches LLP specialises in both individual and group action litigation and is working with leading counsel on how best to frame and pursue these claims in a way that is proportionate and cost-effective for affected business.
If you believe that your business may be financially affected by these issues or would like an initial free consultation to discuss your situation, please call David Niven or David O’Brien on 020 7457 3000.