June 14, 2017 / 12:41 PM / a month ago

German ministry says disagrees with regional bans on diesel cars

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's federal government is against individual states and cities banning cars with diesel engines to reduce pollution, a transport ministry spokesman said on Wednesday following reports that local authorities in Munich are considering such a step.

"Driving bans are the wrong political approach," a transport ministry spokesman said during a regular news conference.

Munich's mayor told a newspaper on Wednesday that the city, home to German carmaker BMW (BMWG.DE), is considering banning diesel vehicles because of "shocking" nitrogen oxides emissions in the Bavarian capital.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Louise Ireland

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