National Green Tribunal imposes Rupees 500 crore penalty on Automaker Volkswagen

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposes Rs 500 crore penalty on automaker Volkswagen for using a “cheat device” in its diesel cars to deceive emission tests.

The Tribunal ordered the company to deposit the amount within two months.

An NGT-appointed committee had earlier recommended a penalty of Rs 171.34 crore, which the bench enhanced in its Thursday order.

Volkswagen has denied this, stating as they did not violate the Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) emission norms and that the results were based on “on-road testings” for which there were no proper prescribed standards.

The Bharat Stage are government instituted standards to regulate emission of air pollutants from motor vehicles.

The bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Sustainable development is the main guiding factor… We are unable to accept the manufacturer’s objections to the report.”

The order was passed on a petition moved by Delhi-based teacher Saloni Ailawadi.

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