German Court Approves Ban On Older Diesel Vehicles

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany has dealt a serious blow to the country’s automakers as it has ruled cities can ban older diesel-powered vehicles.

According to Reuters, Daimler’s hometown of Stuttgart could ban Euro-4 vehicles in January while Euro-5 models could be banned starting in the fall of 2019. Some cities are being more proactive as Hamburg has already announced it will begin to place limits on diesel-powered vehicles within the next few months.

Environmental activists are cheering the ruling but it hasn’t gone over well with a number of politicians and owners of diesel vehicles. German Transport Minister Christian Schmidt was one of the critics as he declared “We must do everything possible to prevent the loss of personal freedom and the reduction in value of cars.”

These will be two of the main challenges going forward as people who own older diesel vehicles could be significantly impacted. Not only could be they banned from driving their vehicles in cities but their car’s value could become a small fraction of what it used to be. In essence, used car shoppers aren’t likely to purchase a vehicle that can only be driven in certain locations.

If bans become widespread, it could cause serious problems as there are approximately 15 million diesel-powered vehicles in Germany. Only around 2.7 million meet Euro-6 regulations which means there are roughly 12.3 million vehicles which could be banned from cities in the near future.

Germany’s automakers have remained relatively quiet following the announcement but the president of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Matthias Wissmann, said the Federal Administrative Court “considers that diesel driving bans in cities are ‘generally permitted’ under applicable law, but they must be proportionate and only be considered as a last resort.” The organization also called on politicians to work together to create “legal clarity” and prevent a “patchwork of different regulations” in individual cities.

Regardless of what happens, many believe the ruling will help usher in the decline of diesel engines in Europe.

  • ok with the idea… but way too fast and punishing for people who have been pushed to buy diesel cars.

    • MarketAndChurch

      Well Europe has its priorities, and going “green” is near the top.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Yet wasnt it the same Europe that was all over diesels just a few short years ago and chastising non-Euros for noy embracing this scam? Looks like North America was well ahead on that greenie revolution this time. We knew all along how bad diesels were.

        Just like the failing EU, all talk and no action or reality. Europe is a mess and its only getting worse.

      • Bullitt2605

        Yeah after trying to convince the world that diesel’s were “clean” now they are actually trying to do something.


    Oh, this is going to be good. I would love to see how this gets implemented.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    meanwhile in the US Mr.Trump wants V12 on compact cars…

    • Moveon Libtards

      You are an idiot. No wonder you lost the election. Complete, utter idiot.

      Trump 2020 for sure when I see stupid comments like this.

    • Six_Tymes

      you are very observant, with an extremely high intellect.

    • emjayay

      With dual turbos.

  • BGM

    The irony is lost on the occupy global warming 99%…

    • Moveon Libtards


      Most intelligent comment on here.

      Oh, and looks like Italians are getting smarter too these days…

  • Moveon Libtards

    Remember when the Eurotards were exclaiming how amazing and perfect diesels were, and how backward and “stupid” Americans were for not accepting the “reality” that diesels are better than gas/ petrol?

    Now all the Euro brands are cancelling their diesel research and shutting down future diesel vehicle production as Euro courts are also doing their own banning.

    Kind of reminds me of the failing European Union, doesn’t it?

  • Moveon Libtards

    Have fun with the EU.

    And governments ARE evil. Start wars, tax people to start wars to advance their agendas and wealth, and only the elite government bureaucrats get rich and protected while the common person struggles.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Exactly. Euros promoted diesel as king only because it is CHEAPER than gas in Europe, NOT because of being “green” like some idiots would like you to believe. Money, money, money…

  • Six_Tymes


  • rover10

    I’m not a socialist in the political sense however, you can’t help feeling for those families where money is tight and in some cases on the edge! Yet they are the first ones who face the downside of policies, that are supposed to make life cleaner and easier? In many cases, the car is the one thing that enables them to be part of the general society, and packing them onto buses and trains, is not an attractive nor, a realistic proposition for many. There’s no getting away from the elephant in the room, the transition to alternative fuels could cause social tensions as the gap between the ‘haves and the have nots’ widens? We could see a situation where some people will never be able to buy new, or secondhand, due to a combination of outdated technology costs and adverse legislation?

    • MarketAndChurch

      There’s no easy solution out of this, especially since environmentalism is now one of the highest priorities of Europe, these sacrifices will have to be made. I kind of wished Europe would invest in green tech rather then prohibit un-green behavior because these policies are going to create a class structure that we don’t want to bring back, and keep certain groups in permanent poverty.

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