North Rhine-Westphalia’s transport minister rejects diesel bans
The government of Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia has strongly rejected bans on older diesel cars to improve air quality in polluted cities. “Diesel bans should be banned,” the region’s Social Democrat (SPD) transport minister Michael Groschek told Stuttgarter Zeitung. “It would punish those who bet in good faith on the diesel engine, which saves CO2 emissions.” He added: “Politicians and industry have made Germany the world’s largest turbo diesel fan club.” The state’s inhabitants will elect a new regional government on 14 May.
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