Owners of older diesel cars in German cities where the air is particularly polluted should be able to choose between trade-in incentives and a hardware upgrade, coalition parties have agreed according to a paper seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
After marathon talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of her coalition partners announced in the early hours they had agreed on a way to cut pollution in cities while avoiding unpopular driving bans.
The document, seen ahead of an official announcement of the deal, said German car-makers had agreed to offer an exchange program with attractive trade-in incentives or discounts for owners of diesel vehicles meeting the older
Euro 4 and Euro 5 emissions standards. The current standard is Euro 6. The coalition parties said in the document that the immediate introduction of such trade-in incentives for diesel vehicles could ensure that all affected drivers of the Euro 4 and 5 standard could get another vehicle before possible driving bans are introduced.
The coalition parties said they expected foreign car-makers to make similar offers to their customers.