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We're about to find out how many Volkswagens in Ireland have been hit by the emissions scandal

The managing director of Volkswagen’s Irish branch is set to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee.

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IRISH VOLKSWAGEN DRIVERS are set to discover if their vehicles have been hit by the same issue as vehicles in other markets.

In a statement, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), which is responsible for motor vehicles and petrol station approvals, said that it would be pursuing the issue.

Last month it was revealed that a large number of the company’s diesel cars had been fitted with software that would trick emissions tests.

Speaking about the recent scandal, the NSAI’s chairman Maurice Buckley, said it “raised questions about this EU Directive and how well the European system works.”

“NSAI is monitoring the European situation and would support and encourage any improved and enhanced testing regime to ensure we can all be confident in relying on the technical data published,” he said.

Testifying in Ireland

The managing director of the German manufacturer’s Irish branch has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas Transport Committee later this month.

Speaking about this, Fianna Fáil member of the committee Timmy Dooley, said that the commitment was secured at a meeting of members.

“This is a significant issue for consumers and the environment. I think it is extremely important that the committee has an opportunity to hear from Volkswagen Ireland about the potential implication for Irish motorists arising from the scandal,” he said.

Volkswagen does not manufacture vehicles in Ireland but a large number of consumers could be affected.

Do we know already how many vehicles have been affected?

Volkswagen confirmed yesterday that almost 1.2 million vehicles had been affected in Britain.

This included a number of vehicles produced by its subsidiaries Audi, Seat, and Skoda.

No accurate number can currently be put on the number affected in the Irish market.

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