The Volkswagen’s employees have a limited time frame to disclose to the investigators everything they know about the diesel scandal, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.
Volkswagen said two days back that its main priority is finding a fix for affected cars rather than investigating the origins of the emission scandal. But is seems otherwise, as the company has set a deadline for the employees to reveal to hired investigators everything they know about the cheating scheme of diesel engines. The staff was encouraged to disclose any information they know until by the end of this month, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported. It also reported that Volkswagen aimed to increase the pressure on employees who had knowledge of the scandal, but fear they could lose their jobs if the information comes to light, the paper, which worked with German broadcasters NRD and WDR, said on Wednesday. VW is promising its staff they will keep their jobs and will be exempt from damage claims if they shed light on the scandal, the paper said.
Sueddeutsche Zeitung said the initial results of the amnesty programme were encouraging, citing sources at Volkswagen. The company’s investigation led to as many as 40 employees apparently involved in actions of manipulation regarding the emission scandal. The US law firm Jones Day, through independent investigators, is checking into thoroughly many documents dating back as 2005 when Volkswagen decided to introduce the diesel technology in the US, and it could take at least six months to come to a firm conclusion.