A court in South Korea has ordered the government to quash a 58.3 billion won fine imposed on BMW Korea.
The government had imposed a total fine of 62.7 billion-won on BMW Korea after the Supreme Court convicted BMW Korea of not conducting compulsory gas emission verification tests on 28 models, and submitting forged gas-emission test results between 2012-17.
BMW Korea was also found guilty of changing emission-control components on vehicles and importing such vehicles in South Korea without notifying the South Korean authorities of the changes.
The Seoul Administrative Court ordered the government to cancel 58.3 billion won penalty as it felt that the government had wrongly interpreted the Clean Air Conservation Act under which it fined BMW Korea.
The Court held that the Act pertained to producing cars without gas emission verification while BMW Korea was convicted of using illegal means of securing gas emission verification. It should be recalled that the fine was imposed on imported cars and not on cars produced in South Korea.
The court upheld the remainder 4.4 billion-won penalty imposed on BMW Korea for carrying out changes in gas emission components of 3 vehicle models without securing prior approval from South Korean authorities.