The German government warned automakers that it’s up to them to avert bans on diesel cars as evidence mounts in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions scandal that the engines do in fact spew excessive amounts of pollution.
“I see the responsibility lying with the auto industry that it doesn’t come so far,” Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks told Handelsblatt. “They have to retrofit the affected vehicles as quickly as possible, and at their own cost.”
The warning comes as the Munich city government considers a ban on certain diesel vehicles and other local governments debate the issue. Ms. Hendricks and Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt will chair a National Diesel Forum next month to discuss ways to avoid a ban.