Commuters drive in their cars to work in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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A top German court will issue a hotly-awaited decision Tuesday on whether cities can ban older diesel cars from some areas, potentially upending transport policy and disrupting a keystone industry.From 1100 GMT they will once again be in the spotlight, ruling on whether the cities of Stuttgart and Duesseldorf can legally ban older, more polluting diesel vehicles from zones worst afflicted with air pollution.Both the government and the car industry are against driving bans, fearing outrage from the millions of diesel owners whose lives would be disrupted and whose vehicles would lose value.The federal government and Germany's powerful auto industry lobby have always opposed any new restrictions for diesel cars.Car companies have already seen the market share for diesel vehicles in Germany plunge from 48 percent in 2015 to around 39 percent last year.
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