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Volkswagen will give owners up to €8،000 if they swap their dirty diesel cars for new models - but only in Germany

Friday 19/October/2018 - 09:40 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Volkswagen has launched another financial incentive to help remove dirtier diesel cars from German roads - but Britons won't be benefiting from the same deal، as the Daily Mail said.

The auto maker said it would offer 'exchange premiums' of between €500 and €7،000 on top of the value of an old pre-Euro 5 vehicle when the owner bought a newer، cleaner VW model.

And if drivers choose to swap to a low emissions cars they will be given an 'environment incentive' worth between €1،500 and €8،000.

A VW spokesman confirmed to This is Money that 'there are no plans in the UK currently to launch a similar scheme'.
The move comes as cities in Germany now have the powers to ban older diesel cars and trucks، following a federal court ruling in February.

The first of these is already in place in Hamburg (though only banning older diesels from two main roads) while a second is due to be introduced for the entire city centre of Stuttgart from January 1 2018.

Only diesel cars that conform to the latest Euro 6 emissions standards will be grated access.
Some 12 other cities with high levels of pollution that are in breach of EU laws are also likely to follow suit with similar restrictions.

As a result، car makers have faced intensifying political pressure to either retrofit older diesel cars with expensive systems to reduce their emissions or renew their fleets.

Volkswagen hopes its latest scrappage deal will help remove some of these motors، having already stripped 210،000 older diesel cars from German roads with a previous incentive that ran from August 2017 to June this year.

And according to a report from Transport and Environment، some dirty second-hand models have already left the country.

It said that 350،000 used diesel cars - mainly from Germany - were exported to Poland during 2017.

It said the country had imported over 850،000 second hand cars last year، mainly from Germany (70 per cent)، with about 40 per cent of these being polluting diesels.

While the new deal is eligible for Euro 1 to Euro 4 cars owned in Germany، the 'exchange premiums' will be extended to Euro 5 models for those living in the 14 cities with the highest pollution levels.

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