BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s transport minister said on Wednesday he opposed a fuel tax on diesel to encourage a shift towards cleaner vehicles but manufacturers should speed up their push to get polluting cars off the road through incentives for customers.
The German government has agreed to reduce emissions from the transport sector by 40 percent but it remains unclear how the goal will be achieved.
Andreas - Scheuer - Member - CSU - Bavarian
Andreas Scheuer, a member of the CSU Bavarian conservatives, said he favored a system of incentives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions rather than using a tax on carbon-based fuels, like the one favored by the Social Democratic environment minister.
“I oppose taxes and additional burdens,” he told Reuters.
Carmakers - Month - Euros - Car - Germany
German carmakers last month agreed to offer up to 3,000 euros ($3,400) per car to help Germany clean up toxic fumes from heavily polluting diesel vehicles as part of a last ditch effort to avoid a court imposed ban on diesel vehicles.
“The manufacturers have to deliver,” Scheuer said in an interview. “I hope that the pressure in the market leads to improvements for the diesel owners … The government can’t...
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