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Mayor urges Volkswagen compensate TfL £2.5m over emissions scandal

The Mayor of London has written to Volkswagen urging it to "fully compensate" residents affected by the emissions scandal.

Sadiq Khan has written to Volkswagen Credit: PA

Sadiq Khan wants the firm to reimburse Transport for London £2.5 million in lost congestion charge revenue.

He says he will use the money – for vehicles that were unknown to be contributing to the capital’s pollution at the time – to fund a new schools air quality programme.

The scandal affected millions of Volkswagen vehicles worldwide Credit: PA

It emerged last year that 11 million Volkswagen-built cars worldwide were fitted with software which detected when the vehicles were undergoing official emissions testing and switched the engines to a cleaner mode.

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.

I also urge them to reimburse TfL the £2.5 million lost in congestion charge revenue, which I will use to fund a new schools air quality programme that will reduce the exposure and raise the awareness of schoolchildren in London attending schools in the most polluted areas.

– Sadiq Khan

It is estimated the equivalent of up to 9,400 deaths occur each year in London because of illnesses caused by long-term exposure to air pollution, with 448 schools in the capital in areas exceeding legal air quality levels.