A Canadian government agency has charged German automaker Volkswagen AG of importing around 128,000 vehicles into the country in contravention to the country’s environmental laws.
Volkswagen has been charged with violating 60 counts of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act by importing vehicles that do not comply to the country’s emission standards, said, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in a statement.
The charges included two counts of providing misleading information.
A court hearing is scheduled for December 13 in the Ontario Court of Justice.
As per Volkswagen’s spokesman, the company has cooperated fully with the investigation by the ECCC.
“At the hearing, the parties will submit for the Court’s consideration a proposed plea resolution and seek its approval,” said Volkswagen’s spokesman.
The development comes in the wake of the ECCC launching an investigation into the importing of certain vehicle models allegedly equipped with a prohibited “defeat device” in 2015.