FRANKFURT (reuters) – The German state of Baden-Württemberg plans to continue with Volkswagen about the car manufacturer is a deception of the emissions tests, the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) reported on Monday.
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The federal state, the organs, including the police, bought from Volkswagen vehicles that are equipped with a device to rig diesel emissions tests and the newspaper quoted a state department of finance spokeswoman said: it was the “fiscal duty” to prosecute for the damage.
Baden-Württemberg had wanted to settle with a VW but a deadline passed before a deal could be struck, the paper said. The state-ministry of finance, which is run by the German Greens, plans to submit his claim before the end of the year, the paper added.
“We have no knowledge of the claims, and so can’t comment on the content,” a VW spokesman told Reuters.
He added that VW saw no merit in claims for damages, because the cars in question were safe and roadworthy.
After an engine software update for the emissions problems, the vehicles were compliant with the German road traffic regulator KBA’s rules, ” he said.
Daily Rheinische Post said in another regional state, north rhine-Westphalia is also an owner of a fleet of VW cars – was considering suing VW for damages, with reference to the statement of the minister of justice.
VW said about 11 million diesel cars worldwide were fitted with a device that you can cheat on emissions tests designed to reduce harmful exhaust emissions.
It has agreed to pay billions of dollars in the United States to settle claims from property owners, environmental regulators, states, and dealers. It offered to buy back 500,000 polluting AMERICAN vehicles.
The company has not reached a similar deal in Europe, where it faces billions of euros in claims from investors and customers in the worst business crisis in its history.
Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Kirsten Donovan