Many Germans are driving older and older cars, at the expense of the environment.
"Missed opportunity," headlines the news channel NTV and brings the dilemma to the proverbial point: Germans shy away from investing in a new car and prefer to drive their older vehicles. Road safety in particular could suffer from too many old cars on the roads, as a study by the Duisburg CAR Institute has now shown. According to this study, Germans drive vehicles which are on average almost ten years old - almost a quarter of the cars registered here are even 15 years or even older.
"The car nation has become a classic car nation," study director Ferdinand Dudenhöffer aptly states. Only in Eastern Europe is the average even higher than here. Critics complain that the promotion of electromobility has meant that almost 90 percent of the actual car market, i.e. the combustion engine, has not been taken into account and has simply been neglected and ignored. Even the reduction of the value-added tax for the period of the next six months had little positive effect on the automobile market and the willingness of Germans to buy, the study continued. In times of more and more low emission zones, driving bans for older vehicles are threatened with fines much more often, if a car is wrongly driven into a low emission zone.
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