October 11, 2018 / 6:06 AM / 6 days ago

German economy minister doubts constitutionality of diesel fines

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday the government could run the risk of breaking the law if it imposed fines on carmakers who fail to offer diesel hardware retrofits.

FILE PHOTO: Cars are seen at Kaiserdamm street, which could be affected by a court hearing on case seeking diesel cars ban in Berlin, Germany, October 9, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

“Fines are justified under German law when someone has breached his legal obligations. But I have doubts whether this path is even feasible under constitutional law,” Altmaier, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, told Deutschlandfunk radio.

A senior member of the centre-left Social Democrat (SPD) coalition party said on Wednesday the government should fine carmakers if they fail to fix dirty diesel vehicles.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Maria Sheahan

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