Frankfurt must ban old diesel cars, court rules

Old town, Frankfurt

Not just older diesels are implicated, but some petrol cars too. The ban would apply to certain areas within the city only, at the initial stage. Tougher rules would come in later.

First Hamburg and Stuttgart, now the diesel ban has come for Germany’s financial capital. A new ban could affect a quarter of vehicles in Frankfurt, as well as countless commuters, says DW.com.

The western German city of Frankfurt must introduce a ban on diesel vehicles, a court ruled on Wednesday.

Environmental activists had sued the state of Hesse for allowing Germany’s financial capital to exceed maximum safe levels of nitrogen oxide.

The German administrative court in Wiesbaden ruled in favor of the group Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH, known in English as Environmental Action Germany), and ordered Hesse to bring the city into line with regulations by banning high polluting diesel vehicles from parts of the city.

DUH brought the case after February’s landmark ruling by the Constitutional Court that allowed for inner-city diesel bans.

Several German cities have now planned to, or have already started imposing partial diesel bans, including Hamburg and even car-mad Stuttgart, home to Daimler and Porsche.

Other cities including Aachen and Düsseldorf are also considering bans.

Quarter of city affected

The Wiesbaden court ruled that from February 2019, Frankfurt must ban diesel cars of Euro-4 emission standards or worse, as well as petrol cars of Euro-1 and 2 standards. Euro-5 diesels must be banned from next September.

If upheld, the ruling would affect about a quarter of the cars registered in Frankfurt, as well as countless commuters and visitors from the surrounding area.

“The driving ban is necessary because all other measures considered by the state will not lead to a significant reduction of nitrogen oxides emissions in an appropriate time,” said presiding judge Rolf Hartmann.

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September 6, 2018 at 07:48AM

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