Car exhaust. Photo for illustration.Photo: Shutterstock/NadyGinzburg

SME-Claim launches a mass claim for companies that in the period 2009 up to and including September 2019 have purchased a new or used diesel car or van. The mass claim specialist states that various car manufacturers have equipped these vehicles with cheating software, which means that they emit more under normal conditions of use than in a test environment.

According to MKB-Claim, major manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, Opel, Peugeot and Renault, cheated from 2009 until at least September 2019 with their diesel vehicles. The cheating software made the vehicle appear ‘clean’ during the type-approval test, but under normal operating conditions it emitted much more than is allowed. “Companies with diesel cars and/or delivery vans therefore paid too much for their vehicle,” says the mass claims specialist. In this case it concerns companies in the logistics sector, but also construction and installation companies, taxi companies and driving schools.

Compensation MKB-Claim believes that the damage suffered must be compensated. The mass claim specialist therefore calls on companies and entrepreneurs to participate in the claim and then demand compensation. “Many entrepreneurs know that they have suffered damage as a result of the diesel scandal, but are too busy to make it work,” says Stef Smit, director of MKB-Claim. “We make it easy for them to get justice.”

According to Smit, earlier court decisions turned out positively. “It has already been decided for consumers that they are entitled to 3. euros for a new diesel car and 1.250 euros for a second-hand model. We expect similar amounts for companies,” said the SME Claim Director.

Support According to MKB-Claim, hundreds of companies and companies have already supported this claim. That number may continue to grow. “All in all, it is about a million companies that are the victims of this,” says a spokesman about the matter. “It’s about 250. companies with a delivery van and about such a 250.03 passenger cars registered in the name of a company. There is currently a lot of demand for it.”

According to director Stef Smit, the taxi sector is also suffering from this issue. “The claim covers the period between 2009 and September 2009. At that time, of course, the majority of taxis ran on diesel. I estimate that there are still quite a few taxi companies that can count on money,” concludes Smit.

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