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Mayor of London demands £2.5m from VW over missed congestion charge payments

Date: 21 November 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has written to the bosses of Volkswagen demanding they pay £2.5m for missed congestion charge payments following the 'dieselgate' scandal.

According to Khan, Transport for London - which gives a 100% discount on the London Congestion Charge fee for vehicles that emit 100g/km of CO2 or less - calculated the figure from the number of owners of affected vehicles claiming the discount.

Should VW reimburse the capital's transport body, Khan has pledged he will use the money to create a new air quality programme to raise awareness and reduce of the exposure of pollution among schoolchildren.

Khan also called on the German giant to provide compensation to the 80,000 Londoners who bought affected vehicles, while he also sought an update and an expected completion date for reprogramming cars fitted with the infamous 'defeat device'.

The mayor added his efforts to reduce pollution in the capital "is being undermined if vehicle manufacturers like VW seek to manipulate the emissions output of vehicles and obtain type approval through the use of defeat devices".

"There is no excuse for the utter lack of action VW has taken in London since the 'dieselgate' scandal came to light. I want to see a proper commitment from them to fully compensate the thousands of Londoners who bought VW cars in good faith, but whose diesel engines are now contributing to London's killer air," he said.

Khan's comments echo those of former London mayor Boris Johnson, who last year explored the possibility of forcing the car manufacturer to pay for a cycling scheme to get people out of diesels.