Peugeot, Citroen/DS & Vauxhall (PVC) FAQs

Venus Legal is investigating a potential group claim against PVC over an alleged ‘defeat device’ fitted on some of their cars in order to artificially reduce emissions to pass EU tests.

Monitoring shows that when the vehicles are driven on the road, they emit many times more levels of toxic Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) gases than under test conditions.

This is extremely damaging, as increased levels of NOx contribute to air pollution, which is reported to be the largest environmental risk to UK public health and is linked to as many as 64,000 early deaths a year.

Venus Legal believe that defeat devices are unlawful under UK law and they are planning on bringing legal claims for compensation on behalf of consumers who purchased those vehicles that were affected.

The claims are being investigated on behalf of people who leased or owned PVC diesel vehicles. 

If you bought or leased a diesel vehicle, your vehicle may be affected and you may be able to apply to join the claim. Please click the ‘CHECK NOW’ button to see if you’re eligible.

Venus Legal are fighting for compensation on behalf of owners of PVC vehicles who we believe were deliberately misled over the environmental performance of their vehicles.

This concerns PVC use of alleged ‘defeat devices’ in some of their diesel cars, aimed at artificially reducing NOx emissions to levels which pass regulatory tests.

A number of tests have found that some PVC vehicles were producing NOx emissions that were higher than the permitted levels.  

Venus Legal believe that the ‘defeat devices’ used in the vehicles are unlawful under UK law and consequently, there are potentially hundreds of thousands of unlawfully polluting vehicles still on the roads in the UK.

Venus Legal believe that owners of the affected vehicles should be compensated because they were mis-sold these vehicles, which were advertised as being more environmentally friendly with lower NOx emissions.

Increased levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions are harmful to the environment and to the health of children and adults.

Only people who bought or leased an affected vehicle are able to bring a claim. If you think your vehicle may be affected, or are not sure, please complete our online form and a member of our team will contact you.

Venus Legal believe that most PVC vehicles registered between 2009 and 2020 could be affected. If you bought or leased a diesel Peugeot, Vauxhall Citroën/DS vehicle complete our online vehicle registration checker to confirm if your vehicle has been affected.

Complete our form as fully as possible. We will need you to provide us with your vehicle registration number so that Venus Legal can confirm if your vehicle is affected.

Other than that, there is very little you need to do!

There are a number of deadlines that may apply to each claim. These will vary depending on the type of claim you are eligible to bring.

Claims have strict time limits and you cannot make a claim once the relevant time limit has passed. We would suggest getting in touch with a member of our team or completing our form as soon as possible.

At some stage our legal team will ask you to provide them with documents regarding the purchase of your vehicle, including, for example, the contract of sale or other proof of purchase, finance agreement and/or lease agreement. If you have these documents, please place them somewhere safe until we request them. Do not worry if you no longer have these documents, Venus Legal will be in touch with details about how to request them.

Venus Legal will be bringing these claims on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis. This means that they will deduct up to 40% (exclusive of VAT) of your damages if the claim is successful, but if the claim is lost you will not have to pay anything.

We provide two worked examples below to assist with understanding:

Awarded compensation: £10,000
After deductions, the minimum amount you will receive: £5200

Venus Legal success fee, the insurance premium and the funders’ fees will never be more than 40% of your damages, irrespective of the number of claimants within the group.

Yes, provided you bought an affected vehicle, you are able to bring a claim.

Yes, if the contract is in your name and the vehicle is affected, you are able to bring a claim.

Yes, if the contract is in your name and the vehicle is affected, you are able to bring a claim.

Provided you are able to confirm that your vehicle is affected, yes. You will need to check your vehicle registration number and we will ask you to provide us with your vehicle purchase documents.

No, it does not matter where you bought your PVC vehicle as long as it was bought in England & Wales. You are eligible to bring a claim against the manufacturer whether you bought your vehicle from a Citroën, from a private seller or from a third party dealer, or if you bought the car for business purposes.

Yes, you will still be able to claim whether your vehicle was bought new or second hand.