Currently reading: German government proposes retrofits and scrappage schemes to reduce pollution
Coalition government's plan aims to get older diesel vehicles off the road; it has faced opposition, though

The German government has proposed a programme of retrofits and manufacturer scrappage schemes to get older diesel vehicles off the road, as cities in the country introduce bans to improve air quality.

Reuters reports that diesel vehicles in the 14 German cities with the poorest air quality would be eligible for a hardware upgrade, or owners would be offered a trade-in incentive, similar to the scrappage schemes recently offered in the UK.

The country’s car industry was more receptive to the latter option, however, given the potential sales boost of the move, rather than having to shoulder the cost of the maintenance. 

Mercedes' parent company, Daimler, backed the government’s proposals, giving the retrofit the green light and offering up to €10,000 (£8900) discount on a new car under the scrappage scheme. BMW will offer €6000 (£5300) in scrappage schemes, while Renault will also offer €10,000. 

The PSA Group was less supportive of the retrofit part of the plan but supported the scrappage allowance. Company boss Carlos Tavares told Reuters: “Who’s going to pay is not clear. We believe it’s not the car makers’ responsibility, because at the time when those cars were sold, they met all legal requirements.”

Costs to Germany’s car industry for the retrofitting could range from €6.3-12.5 billion, on the assumption that 2.5 million vehicles would be affected, costing between €2500 and €5000 each to fix, according to Stefan Bratzel, director of Germany’s centre of automotive management. 

The UK has already had a round of scrappage schemes offered by manufacturers aiming to clear older diesels from UK roads, although government intervention hasn’t yet taken place, with road tax changes penalising drivers of new diesel cars only.  

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russ13b 4 October 2018


it's as if cars are manufactured in a way which somehow has no environmental impact whatsoever. If you don't do enough miles, keeping the old one can be better. Why is there never a scheme to get people to trade in clapped-out wrecks for a used leaf (or similar)? It's always about getting people to buy something new, which many people haven't got the money to do.

typos1 6 October 2018

russ13b wrote:

russ13b wrote:

If you don't do enough miles, keeping the old one can be better.

Youre so right - a scrappage scheme is WORSE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT because more pollution is created by making more cars. The ONLY sensible option is a retro fit scheme and for people to keep their cars much longer. And its the EU/European governments that should pay for the retro fit schemes, not the public or the manufacturers - its their fault or not making diesels emissions regs stricter 10 - 5 years ago.

fadyady 4 October 2018

German lives matter!

What about rest of the European Union? (if such a thing really exists) where German car makers have been dumping their dirty diesels in their millions with impunity? What about us in Theresa May's UK? Someone wake her up, please?