Volkswagen Australia has agreed to pay up to AU$127 million dollars (€78 million) in settlement for multiple class-action lawsuits from Australian customers over the ‘dieselgate’ scandal.

The settlement must still be approved by the Australian courts and will see owners compensated to the tune of AU$1,400 (£765). 

Julian Schimmel Principal Lawyer for legal firm Maurice Blackburn said, “This is an important step in providing a measure of justice and redress to the thousands of Australian motorists who claim they were financially impacted by the diesel emissions issue,”

In Australia, approximately 100,000 vehicles were equipped with VW’s diesel cheating software.

Compared to the figures being thrown around in the UK, £765 seems like a pathetic amount considering the financial hardship many have faced with both repair costs and increased depreciation. 

As for the UK legal action, it’s still very early days despite a very frantic start my many legal firms.  A final pre-trial hearing has been set for December to agree on the details and set a date for the trial in 2020. We just hope that this settlement by VW down under will set the precedent for the UK court cases.


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