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Particulate filter retrofitting: Filter funding is extended

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D he federal government intends to fund a further 65 to 70 million euros in 2010 Provide. The planned funding pot is sufficient for a further 200,000 retrofits. The environment ministry announced that the new grant program could only start after the 2010 budget law was announced. Government circles assume that payments for new retrofits at the beginning of the year will only be made retrospectively from April.

Current funding program ends in 2009

Currently, the installation of filters in older diesel cars to avoid damage to health from the finest soot particles is subsidized with 330 euros or, alternatively, for vehicles - Tax refunded. After the current program, retrofitting can only be carried out until the end of 2009. The funding applications themselves can then be submitted to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa) until February 15, 2010.

The transport policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Patrick Döring, said that the decision would become a demand of the FDP implemented. 'It is particularly important that the funding is continued without interruption so that there is clarity and planning security for customers, workshops and manufacturers.'

The German Environmental Aid (DUH) called the decision to extend and include small commercial vehicles overdue. 'With today's decision, the federal government is creating the basis for functioning environmental zones,' emphasized DUH managing director Jürgen Resch, alluding to the strict conditions for admission to inner-city zones polluted with fine dust. Of around 1.5 million potential retrofit candidates, only around 400,000 diesel cars have been fitted with particle filters.

Funding guidelines for 2010 are still being clarified in detail

Resch recalled that since April 2007, owners of diesel cars without particulate filters have had to pay a tax surcharge of 1.20 euros per 100 cubic centimeters of displacement. This tax penalty runs until the end of March 2011. By then, around 250 million euros would be flushed into the coffers of the federal government. The money is enough to retrofit filters for 1.5 million diesel cars and must be reserved for this.

The details of the new funding for 2010 have yet to be laid down in a funding guideline. This also includes the exact delimitation for small commercial vehicles. In previous publicDiscussions had started for vans weighing up to 3.5 tons. It is clear that the 2010 subsidy no longer relies on the vehicle tax rebate, but exclusively on the cash subsidy, which has only been available since August of this year. This means that the number of retrofitted cars has quadrupled compared to the 6,000 cars in the first half of 2009.


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