The Strategist

German cities to ban diesel cars

06/15/2017 - 15:46

Bavarian administration wants to ban diesel cars. Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter said that he considers such a decision rational. Meanwhile, representatives of the auto industry are sounding the alarm bells, fearing a sharp drop in prices.

Santeri Viinamäki
Santeri Viinamäki
The management of the German automaker BMW is critical of such an initiative. According to representatives of the auto concern, there are more effective ways to solve the problems of environmental pollution.

"If we really want to improve the quality of air in cities, it is better to create incentives for people to lead a livelier lifestyle." "Such a cardinal prohibition cannot solve the problem."

However, the process of refusing diesel cars has already been launched. As previously reported, most of the largest cities in Germany want to abandon diesel cars. According to a survey of German edition Handelsblatt, nine megacities, including Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg, are ready to say no to the "polluting atmosphere" of the car industry.

Only Dresden, Wuppertal, and Dortmund are ready to insist on protection of the diesel engine, writes Handelsblatt. Hanover, Dusseldorf and Münster have not yet decided on the answer. The government of the Federal State of Stuttgart is planning to introduce a ban on old diesel cars from the beginning of next year.

Volkswagen admits the fact that the car industry needs to be cleaned and re-thought after the Dieselgate incident. The German concern has already converted 4.7 million diesel cars around the world, VW head Matthias Müller recently told at a general meeting in Hanover.

In September 2015, Volkswagen came down on installing a special software that understated data on emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere. The diesel scandal has affected more than 11 million cars.