German federal government is looking to avoid diesel car bans in the country

German federal government is looking to avoid diesel car bans in the country

In an interaction with reporters on Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel asserted that the federal government is mulling how diesel car bans and usage restrictions can be avoided countrywide, on all levels of government --- city level as well as regional level.

The statement by Chancellor Merkel has come after a two-day cabinet meeting which focused on a number of subjects, including the possibility of imposition of diesel car bans in the country at the city-level.

Merkel told the reporters that there presently are “no plans for a big car summit,” but also added that the technical working groups that have been created as part of the agenda of the summit process will definitely be holding their meetings from time to time.

The statement by Merkel evidently marks a special reference to the efforts by the federal government of Germany to curb any further discussions with regard to a potential ban of diesel cars by local authorities in cities and regions with dangerously high levels of air pollution.

According to a detailed Reuters report on the matter, Merkel said that the transport minister and the environment minister have reached a consensus that city bans for diesel cars or any driving restrictions in the form of ‘blue badges’ should be avoided.

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