Dutch particle filter subsidies extended

The Dutch government will pay up to 80% of the costs of fitting fine particle filters to all diesel cars, environment minister Pieter van Geel announced on Thursday. The subsidy of €600 was already introduced for new cars in June. According to Dutch media reports, the government is extending the scheme in pursuit of a goal to have particle filters on one-third of diesel cars on Dutch roads by 2008. The environment ministry is also preparing legislation to enable city councils to charge lower parking fees for cleaner cars. See Dutch environment ministry.

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