Volkswagen to Announce Whistleblower Amnesty Deadline

Cameron Aubernon
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volkswagen to announce whistleblower amnesty deadline

Volkswagen will announce Thursday a deadline for whistleblowers to come forward with information related to the ongoing diesel scandal without reprisal.

According to the CBC, German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday the automaker is working to gather as much information on the scandal as possible by applying more pressure to employees who may have known anything about what happened regarding the rigging of diesel emissions through software.

The proposed deadline for whistleblower amnesty will likely be set for the end of November. VW promises staff who do speak out about their role in the scandal — which came to light in mid-September 2015 when the EPA discovered the aforementioned software-based emissions cheating — will be granted amnesty, while board members and management will be excluded.

The latest announcement on the whistleblower program comes after engineers last week admitted to cheating on carbon dioxide emissions tests in order to appease former parent company CEO Martin Winterkorn and his excessively high goals for so-called clean diesel technology.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • NickS NickS on Nov 12, 2015

    Whoever speaks up at VW, will also be ostracized in their non-professional life. Any German who knows what is good for their social life (techno parties, mostly) will not say anything that casts German icons in bad light. The overwhelming public opinion in Germany is that VW has not done anything wrong and that everyone else is cheating on emissions too. A friend who is in the process of moving to Germany just came back from a brief trip there, and he was stunned at the cognitive dissonance on this.

    • Car-los Car-los on Nov 13, 2015

      "Nein, nein, we didn't do anything worng" I can hear them saying...

  • Darex Darex on Nov 12, 2015

    So fake! Kein Geheimnis hier. Who are they trying to fool with this fake drama? They know what they did, and how this happened. This is no Scooby-Doo mystery.

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    • Outback_ute Outback_ute on Nov 13, 2015

      @SlowMyke Ditto. Of course the upper management simply accepted that the giant emissions issue/challenge had been overcome without using the Mercedes Addblue technology, without wanting to know any details... Plausible deniability anyone?

  • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Nov 12, 2015

    Snitches get stitches

  • Von Von on Nov 12, 2015

    Simply by having a deadline for whistle blower amnesty is sending a message that whistle blowing and telling the truth is not at all welcome at VW. This just keeps getting better.