Apart from adding to its intensity, the diesel scandal is also a source of highly
Consequently, the brunt of the blame that the diesel has
come under public fire lies with the automotive industry itself. Naturally, the
diesel scandal has stoked ambitions of some political parties and NGOs to do
away with diesel vehicles as a matter of principle, and, with more than 15 million
diesel cars on Germany’s roads (one-third of the fleet), the media also have a
strong interest in the issue. Furthermore, the Federal Administrative Court in
Leipzig recently ruled that municipalities have the right to ban certain diesel
cars. Following from its coalition treaty, the new government, on the other hand,
wants to avoid such restrictions, if possible.
Instead, it puts the focus on
alternative measures (e.g. Upgrades for vehicles in the existing fleet – whenever
technically and economically feasible – and the promotion of electromobility and
local public transport).