Peter Hartz, the top Volkswagen official at the centre of a bribery scandal, is a step closer to leaving the carmaker. The executive committee of VW’s supervisory board, meeting at the company’s headquarters at Wolfsburg, has recommended that his resignation should be accepted. He offered to quit to take political responsibility over the bribery allegations and other irregularities, though he personally denies any wrongdoing. After the meeting, VW board member Christian Wulff said: “We have unanimously agreed to ask Volkswagen to accept the resignation of Peter Hartz. I am working to ensure that everything that was not okay in the past will end and that those responsible are held accountable and will be made liable so that we can once again concentrate on our core business, the production and sale of cars. Today’s meeting is a first step in that direction.” Wulff said he had no doubt that the full board would accept Hartz’s resignation and the appointment of a successor could take weeks.