California Requires Another $86 Million From Volkswagen

Volkswagen AG will have to pay California an additional $86 million due to the ongoing diesel emission scandal.

This amount is on top of the $15 billion the German automaker agreed to pay last month, pending approval of a judge.

The new fine is to resolve claims California officials have made against VW under state and federal unfair competition laws. The news was revealed by state Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is running for senate.

Of the $86 million, $76 million of it is to go to Harris’ office to pay for the investigation and litigation costs arising from the scandal.

The remaining $10 million is to be held for government agencies and universities to study technology to detect “defeat devices.”

Volkswagen used software generally called a “defeat device” to produce false results on diesel emissions tests.

“We must conserve and protect our environment for future generations and deliver swift and certain consequences to those break the law and pollute our air,” said Harris.

Reuters