German motorists back filter tax breaks

Germany's main automobile club, Adac, has come out in support of controversial government plans to offer tax breaks from 2005 for diesel cars equipped with particle filters (EED 02/08/04). In a letter published in the Financial Times Deutschland, Adac urges state finance ministers not to reject the measure. Far from producing a revenue shortfall for the states the tax breaks would yield a €700m surplus by 2006, the club claims. The tax breaks are vital to enable Germany to meet new EU limits on fine particle emissions, it argues. See article.

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