More bans threatened: Only a few diesel drivers to swap cars


    The premiums in Germany’s car companies offer for the conversion of older diesel vehicles, show a report in the newspaper, according to little effect. Since the autumn of last year, only 27,000 diesel drivers have changed their car for a new vehicle, reported der Spiegel on Saturday, citing Figures from the Federal Ministry of transport. It is going to continue at this pace, will miss the action of its target.

    if you add up the Numbers, would only be a few hundred thousand cars exchanged. The calculations of the Ministry, but should be up to the summer of next year, 1.5 million diesel cars converted, so that the air in the cities is better and driving bans can be prevented, the report says. In the autumn of Daimler, VW and BMW had awarded the premiums, in order to move customers in the driving ban affected cities to exchange their cars.

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    VW extended the premium a few days ago, temporarily, to the whole of Germany. Car buyers can get until the end of April a discount when you trade-in an old Diesel.

    In the past few days, there was an intense debate on the limits of oxides of nitrogen and fine dust. More than a hundred lung specialist doctors had doubted that the limits were scientifically tenable, and oxides of nitrogen and fine dust are actually as harmful as it of the supporters of the limits, he argued. Other scientists defended the limits, and called for a further tightening.