June 14, 2017 / 12:31 PM / 2 years ago

German ministry says disagrees with regional bans on diesel cars

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s federal government is against individual states and cities banning cars with diesel engines to reduce pollution, a transport ministry spokesman said on Wednesday following reports that local authorities in Munich are considering such a step.

“Driving bans are the wrong political approach,” a transport ministry spokesman said during a regular news conference.

Munich’s mayor told a newspaper on Wednesday that the city, home to German carmaker BMW, is considering banning diesel vehicles because of “shocking” nitrogen oxides emissions in the Bavarian capital.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Louise Ireland

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