Danes under pressure to thaw on diesel

Parliamentary body presses government to raise tax to boost sales of new low-sulphur alternative

Danish taxation minister Svend Erik Hovmand is to consider adjusting surcharges on diesel fuel in order to bring into line the prices of conventional diesel and the new low-sulphur alternative, Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The move follows complaints by Eyvind Vesselbo, chairman of the parliamentary environment committee, that low-tax policies of Denmark's centre-right coalition government - amounting to a tax freeze - appeared to be hampering the introduction of low-sulphur diesel.

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