DarthPuppy wrote:I didn't seriously think the German government would hold a German company accountable beyond a wrist slap. But I guess when there is money to be moved from corporate pockets to politician pockets, there can be more resolve. Sad they are getting off with simply writing a check. The article doesn't mention anything about addressing those vehicles that are running around and polluting the environment or compensating the customers who bought them thinking they were clean diesels. There is the reference to VW's recall costs, but that is probably the US recall in that number. Correct me if there has been a required EU recall.
But hey, looks like the German gov't has a nice new large slush fund to play with. I like how the journalism glossed over where that money will be going and who will be deciding its use.
Ya. It's sad we live in a society where "crime and punishment" means "let the government decide on how to make and use money." I agree that if a company like VW does something wrong they should right their wrong, fix their mistake, make things right. Governments should make money on taxes. Fines should be used to fund making things right. If I saw off your catalytic converter, would it make sense that I pay the government a hefty fine while you get nothing and your car still sits there without a catalytic converter?
But who knows. Maybe the German Government is going to use that money for something ecological.