Volkswagen boss urges end to diesel tax breaks

Berlin: The head of the world’s biggest automaker Volkswagen Matthias Mueller (pictured) has issued an unprecedented call to end tax breaks for diesel fuel in Germany, saying the technology must make way for cleaner ways of getting around. “I’m convinced that we need to question the sense and purpose of these diesel subsidies,” Mueller told business daily Handelsblatt. “We could more usefully invest the money in environmentally friendly propulsion.”
German carmakers like BMW, Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen — with its 12 brands ranging from Audi and Porsche to Skoda and Seat — bet big on diesel in the 1990s, hoping to lower carbon dioxide output compared with petrol and meet greenhouse emissions targets. — AFP