Poland: Watchdog fines Volkswagen over “dieselgate” scandal

Poland’s consumer watchdog UOKiK announced on Wednesday, January 15, it was fining Volkswagen more than 120 million zlotys (US$31.6 million) for misleading customers about the emissions of its vehicles., reported Reuters. 

The fine, the biggest ever given by the regulator for violation of consumer rights, is the latest chapter in a global emissions cheating scandal that has cost Volkswagen about 3€0 billion euros in fines, vehicle refits, and legal costs, and also triggered a global backlash against diesel vehicles. 

“False information in advertising materials caused misinformation – they referred to Volkswagen’s pro-ecological attitude, when in fact the cars were not environmentally friendly,” UOKiK president Marek Niechcial said in a statement.

Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating US emissions tests on diesel engines.

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