VW cars driven by Mayor Berke's office reassigned to another department
It's been nearly a month since the worldwide Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal made headlines, and some of those cars were made in Chattanooga and are being driven by city leaders.
The recall affected 11 million VW vehicles worldwide, nearly 500,000 cars in the US, and more than a dozen of those cars are owned by the city of Chattanooga.
"We really are in the same boat as everybody else," said Interim Chief Operating Officer David Carmody, "We have 14 vehicles and like most Volkswagen owners we're waiting for a fix."
About 1,300 cars make up the Chattanooga city fleet and are used by city employees for official business.
"I think we found out like everybody else, through a press release," Carmody said.
Carmody says 14 of the city's cars are affected by the Volkswagen emissions investigation.
Some of those cars are driven by police officers, city engineers and at times even Mayor Andy Berke.
"Two vehicles that are assigned to the mayor's office, and actually they're available to a lot of different people," Carmody said, "It's probably available to 12 people so it's not just the mayor."
People working in the mayor's office usually drive a 2012 VW Jetta and Passat, but once they learned of the upcoming recall those cars were taken off the road and replaced by older fleet cars.
The rest of the city-owned Volkswagen's are still in service.
"Well they're all in service," Carmody said, "Like most Volkswagen owners we're waiting for recall information to see what the next steps are."
Even though Volkswagen has not yet come up with a solution for the car's emission testing, or a timeline for when that fix will take place, the company has said multiple times that the solution will come at no cost to the car's owner. We'll let you know as soon as Volkswagen releases more information.