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umwelt-plakette.de Aktuelles 2019-10-17

News on environmental zones and air pollution

Vienna takes action against polluters

In the Austrian capital, more than 230 cars have already been withdrawn from circulation since the beginning of the year. The reason: the owners had removed their diesel particulate filters - an administrative offence which the police punish with the withdrawal of the license plate together with a heavy fine. Removing it increases the engine power of the vehicle by around 25 hp and reduce fuel consumption.

Vienna's police spokesman Maierhofer also refers to the environmental aspect: "Extremely small particles are particularly harmful to health and lead to serious respiratory diseases, especially among children, the elderly and people who are already ill. Diesel-powered vehicles have been fitted with particulate filters as standard equipment since 2005, which filter out almost all particulate matter."