|File Photo: A Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly |
opened Volkswagen factory in Wrzesnia near Poznan,
Poland, September 9, 2016.
Reuters/ Kacper Pempel/ File Photo
by Markus Wacket and Emma Thomasson | BERLIN, Reuters, 27 June 2017
Germany will discuss a national plan to cut pollution from diesel engines and set up a new organization to test vehicles to try to restore consumer confidence after Volkswagen's (VOWG_p.DE) emissions scandal, ministers said on Tuesday.
The moves - almost two years after the Volkswagen scandal broke - come as the German government faces growing pressure ahead of national elections on Sept. 24 to reduce emissions or see some cities ban diesel cars themselves.
On Monday, Reuters reported the transport ministry was pushing carmakers to update engine management software to cut pollution in up to 12 million diesel vehicles in the country, citing people familiar with the talks.
On Tuesday, the transport ministry and the environment ministry announced the creation of a "national diesel forum" to work with the auto industry and regional governments to cut emissions, with the first meeting set for Aug. 2.
"We want emissions to fall across Germany," Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said in a statement.