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Danish ban causes demand to increase by 700 percent

Last year it became illegal in several places in Denmark to drive around in diesel cars without a particle filter. This has caused demand to explode.

To that extent, the stricter environmental zone rules have made the Danes look for particle filters. At least those who drive diesel cars without such a filter.

Since 1 October, no diesel car without a particulate filter has had to drive around the five Danish environmental zones in Frederiksberg, Odense, Aalborg, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

However, it has not taken off quite as much in the old diesel cars as you might think. Instead, the demand for particle filters has increased by almost 700 percent.

It shows figures on registered retrofits, which the Danish Motor Agency has given Autopart24 access to.

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The company states this in a press release .

Whereas in 2022 the Danish Motor Authority recorded 539 retrofitting of particle filters on passenger cars in Denmark, that figure increased to 4,297 last year, when the new rules came into force.

An increase of just under 700 percent. And it is a development that Troels Meier, director of Autoparts24, calls extremely positive.

– It is enormously positive that so many car owners have invested in a particle filter and in that way contribute to air quality instead of a perhaps easier solution such as selling the car abroad, where other citizens would then be exposed to the particles, he says.

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An increasing demand for particle filters has also been felt at the online marketplace itself. Here one notes a progress of 200 percent.

For the company, however, it is also about the particle filter scheme being a step in the right direction for the environment.

– It is important that we constantly find green solutions in relation to cars. And when more than 4,000 diesel cars now emit far fewer harmful substances than before, it is a small but good step and a positive development for all of us, says Troels Meier.

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