Pressure builds to cut German diesel emissions

Coalition of NGOs in new initiative to persuade government to subsidise introduction of particle filters

All diesel cars sold in Germany should be fitted with particle filters for health reasons, according to a broad coalition of environmental and health NGOs. Led by Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH), they have called on the government to support their "no diesel without filter" initiative, launched on Monday, by providing tax incentives for cars fitted with filters.

The coalition wants existing tax incentives of up to €614 for diesel cars already meeting Euro IV emissions standards - well ahead of the 2005 deadline - to be extended to cars meeting Euro III, if they are fitted with filters.

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