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Austria will penalize diesels without filters

Vienna. It is going to be more expensive to own some diesel vehicles in Austria.

Diesel cars with engine performance of more than 80 kilowatt will face an additional 150 euro tax if they are not fitted with a particulate filter by July 1, 2005.

In 2006, the penalty rises to 300 euros.

Meanwhile, people who purchase diesel cars with the soot filter will get a 300 euro tax deduction.

Austria Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser hopes this measure will quickly increase the number of cleaner diesel cars. The share of diesel-powered vehicles in Austria is 70 percent, but just 20 percent of newly registered diesel cars have a particle filter.

The Austrian dealer association fears that the penalty will have a negative effect on business.

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