Daimler fined €870m for breaking diesel emissions legislation
Daimler has been fined €870m by the Stuttgart public prosecutor for “negligent violation” of vehicle certification in relation to diesel emissions.
Officially the company performed “negligent violation of supervisory duties in the area of vehicle certification in connection with deviations from regulatory requirements in certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles”, since 2008.
The report claims the deviancy occurred at department head level and Daimler has refrained from fighting the fine notice and states that it wished to bring an end and conclude the matter. The report also brings an end to the peculation surrounding “dieselgate” and Daimler’s role in the scandal.
The amount of the fine consists of a sanctioning as well as a disgorgement part. The amount of the sanctioning part is €4m for the negligent violation of supervisory duties as assumed by the public prosecutor, and is below the statutory maximum amount. The amount of the disgorgement part is mainly determined by the profitability of the Company and amounts to the remaining €866m.
Daimler added that the fine would have been higher, had it not been for the company’s full cooperation and “considerable quality control measures” that have been put in place since the legal proceedings began.
Despite the significant fine, Daimler said that it would not affect its Q3 earnings and maintains its earnings forecast as published.
In April 2017, a US federal judge ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8bn (€2.5bn) criminal fine for “rigging diesel-powered vehicles to cheat on government emissions tests”.