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German motorists urged to switch off

Motorists who turn off their engines when stuck in traffic cut their fuel consumption and save money, German environment agency chief Andreas Troge said yesterday. Touring the country on a "save your petrol" campaign, he chided drivers for complaining about the government's ecological tax reform, under which motor fuel taxes are rising in annual steps. The policy was working, he added, since national consumption of petrol and diesel fell by 2.4% in 2000 after steadily increasing for years. The next tax rise is due in January (EED 16/02/01). See environment agency press release.

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