Bavarian state premier Horst Seehofer wants a cut in car tax for diesel cars that comply with the latest EU regulation on emissions.
“It would be good if we could give an incentive for the purchase of a new, low-emission Euro 6 diesel by lowering car tax,” Seehofer said in an interview in Der Spiegel published Saturday, referring to the EU rules on car emissions adopted in 2014.
Seehofer is leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union, the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and a key component of her governing alliance.
His proposal comes days before the German government holds a “diesel summit” on August 2 with carmakers and regional governments to discuss how to cut emissions from diesel cars.
A tax cut would be a boost for the manufacturers of diesel vehicles, whose reputation was badly damaged by the Dieselgate scandal in 2015, in which carmakers including the German giant Volkswagen were revealed to have cheated emissions tests by using software devices.
The European Commission and the German cartel office are also currently looking into allegations on whether several German automakers including Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen held secrets meetings over the past two decades to collude on technical standards and prices.