News Digest Item
21 Feb 2018

Diesel driving ban splits Germans – survey

Focus Online

Less than half of German citizens would approve of driving bans for extremely polluting diesel cars, Focus Online reports. In a representative survey conducted by pollster YouGov ahead of a crucial ruling by a Germany administrative court that could result in driving bans for older diesel cars in inner cities, 43 percent of respondents said they were in favour of such a ban, while about the same proportion of respondents regarded bans to be “bad or very bad” in certain urban areas. A clear majority (70 percent) said they were disappointed by the way carmakers deal with the issue, and that the companies did not do enough to comply with environmental regulations. Most respondents also said they had little confidence that German carmakers will manage to come up with less polluting cars in the near future. Less than a third of respondents said they were very concerned that nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution from diesel fumes could damage their health.

See CLEW’s dieselgate timeline, and the CLEW article German cities might test free public transport to cut pollution for background.

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