Diesel investigation hots up in Germany with Audi CEO arrest

By agency reporter
June 19, 2018

The chief executive of carmaker Audi has been arrested in Germany by prosecutors probing the diesel emissions scandal. Volkswagen, which owns Audi, today confirmed the arrest on 18 June 2018.

Commenting on the extraordinary development, ClientEarth lawyer Ugo Taddei said: “Last week VW was fined for the first time in Europe after the diesel scandal, today we are seeing further developments on criminal investigations in Germany.

“While we cannot comment on the arrest in detail, one thing is clear: the authorities in Germany are beginning to take the issue of diesel emissions very seriously. Car manufacturers should take note.”

ClientEarth, along with partners Deutsche Umwelthilfe are running a number of clean air cases across Germany designed to force the authorities to clean up the country’s illegally polluted air. A major source of the pollutant in question, nitrogen dioxide, is diesel vehicles.

In a landmark decision related to these cases in February, the German Supreme Administrative Court ruled that some German cities were obliged to introduce diesel bans with immediate effect.

The court said national-level laws could be bypassed to allow regional authorities to protect people’s health in areas where air pollution exceeds legal limits.

Hamburg became the first German city to introduce a diesel ban at the end of last month. The ban introduces restrictions on two of the city’s major thoroughfares, on one it prevents any car that does not meet Euro 6 emissions standards from using the road – both prevent pre-Euro VI trucks from entering. (http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/25961)

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