Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) meets again in Berlin with top managers of the German automotive industry on Thursday. In the morning, scheduled hardware modifications will be made on older diesel vehicles to prevent driving.
The high-level meeting of Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer (CSU) in the oil crisis did not show significant top managers of German cars. According to dpa, BMW chief Harald Krüger arrived on Thursday at the Department of Transportation. He was represented by a member of the BMW Board of Directors Klaus Fröhlichem. VW's CEO, Herbert Diess, was also absent because Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, came to VW. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche was the only CEO of the three largest German car companies to meet Scheuer.
BMW refuses to repair the hardware on older diesel cars completely. The meeting with Scheuer concerns unresolved issues in financing planned changes to the engine and exhaust system. Hardware modifications are part of the new Better Air package, which aims to prevent further prohibitions on the ban on diesel fuel. Manufacturers have so far refused to pay the full cost as the government requires.
Scheuer demanded movement from cars before the meeting. The industry has a "huge pending number" to regain confidence and improve its image, he said at a VDA automobile event. In many cities pollution limits are exceeded mainly due to exhaust gas.
Create basics for edits at the end of the year
Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband appealed to the automotive industry before summit meeting and called for improvement. "Federal Finance Minister Andreas Scheuer and car makers will finally have to deal with the issue of hardware delivery," said Klaus Müller. "Hardware modifications are the last option for diesel owners who can not afford a new car to prevent driving."
Müller requested that the legal basis for technical adjustments be created by the end of the year. "The technical, financial and legal risks of retrofitting must not be the owner of the diesel fuel." The cleaning must clearly state that the polluters, so car manufacturers have to bear the costs and assume the guarantees.
Part of the government's package is that manufacturers have introduced higher discounts for customers who paid old diesel and bought a cleaner car.
Müller also said: "Car manufacturers must provide a legally binding mobility guarantee so that consumers can be confident that in a few years they will be able to replace their newly acquired car for another driving ban."
Cologne is negotiating a driving ban today
In many cities, exhaust emissions exceed the limits of pollutants. In order for the air cleaner to be clean, there are already road closures for older diesel in Hamburg. The courts also banned driving bans for Stuttgart, Berlin or Frankfurt, which could enter into force in 2019.
Also in Cologne and Bonn, a driving ban could soon occur. The Administrative Court in Cologne is negotiating a lawsuit against German environmental aid Thursday (9.30 am). This ultimately requires tightening the clean air plan and adhering to the EU limit values for nitrogen pollutants (NO2).
In the opinion of environmental support, a driving ban is inevitable for this purpose. The court is also targeted against Bonn, where the limits have also been broken. However, the situation is not as serious as in the neighboring city of the cathedral. Decisions on both cities are likely on Thursday.
Daimler is working with the chief of advice: not only let the German carmakers pay
Daimler Chief of the Council Michael Brecht also wants foreign manufacturers to be involved in the cost of upgrading diesel engines. "If you do something like that, then everyone has to participate," he said in a SWR daily interview. "If there is an Italian or French car in the cities and there is a significantly higher emissions than the German one, then it can not be that we are talking only about German products." If the state wants to bear the cost of retrofitting, consumers need to get involved.
Foreign manufacturers did not participate in the first "diesel package" after the oil summit in 2017.
at / dpa / Reuters