October 10, 2018 / 12:10 PM / 9 days ago

German ministry says it expects to avoid driving bans for some older diesels

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German Transport Ministry plan should make it possible to avoid driving bans for diesel vehicles meeting the Euro 4 and Euro 5 diesel emissions standards, a spokeswoman for the ministry said on Wednesday.

“We have worked out an effective concept that will ensure that there need not be any driving bans for Euro 4 and 5 and that cities can stick to the limits,” a spokeswoman for the Transport Ministry told a news conference.

A German government spokesman said Chancellor Angela Merkel expected carmakers to present their plans for diesel trade-in incentives in the coming days. That comes after the federal German government outlined plans earlier this month to cut pollution from diesel vehicles by asking carmakers to offer owners trade-in incentives and hardware fixes.

Reporting by Maria Sheahan and Thomas Seythal; Editing by Michelle Martin

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