Court Rules German Cities Can Start Banning Diesel Cars Immediately

Cities in Germany can immediately start banning older diesel vehicles from their streets, Reuters reports.

The country’s top administrative court confirmed the news on Friday, shortly after the European Commission lodged a complaint against Germany for its failure to protect air quality in its cities.

A plethora of cities throughout the country, including Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart, have nitrogen oxide levels that exceed European Union limits.

The bans have been in the works for over two years

In a statement made on Friday, Germany’s administrative court in Leipzig said consumers have to accept the bans.

“Such restrictions, in their intensity, do not go beyond other passage and stopping bans as justified by road law requirements, which motorists always have to reckon with and which they principally have to accept.”

If cities choose so, they can ban any diesel vehicle that doesn’t comply with the latest Euro-6 emissions standards on major roads or road sections. Just 2.7 million of the 15 million diesel cars in Germany have Euro-6 technology. In certain cities, the court has recommended a phased introduction of the bans, starting with Euro-4 vehicles.

The court asserts that Euro-5 vehicles shouldn’t be banned until September 1, 2019 and that certain motorists, including tradesmen, should be exempted.

Hamburg has already started erecting signs to enforce the diesel ban.

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  • Six_Tymes

    good riddance to the extra polluting lying filth

    I am glad never fell for the marketing lie “clean diesel” like so many have.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Dude u know whats a lie?
      Petrol is cleaner than Diesel.

      Germany bans 3 million cars with petrol engines for ” extra polluting filth “!

      • Six_Tymes

        well, i am certainly not here to argue, and i am unsure what you are actually pointing out. But, you cant tell me that the old used for many years until recently marketing phrase of “clean diesel” isn’t, wasn’t a LIE, you aren’t insinuating that are you? Because that was complete BS from the beginning.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Eurpeans not only fell for diesels but also preached about them like the sheep they are.

      Next they need to get rid of is the awful EU. Its failing fast so maybe wishes do come true.

  • Daniela Wolf

    It’s not about Diesel or Petrol pollution

    It’s about eco terrorism!

    • supermanuel

      Explain please…

      • Daniela Wolf

        Hamburg is controlled by left winged parties.

      • Moveon Libtards

        Eco terrorists are like feminazis…Evil and on their way out.

    • On the contrary. Killing tens of thousands of people annually by pollution is terrorism, doing nothing against it is a crime. Use a diesel vacuum cleaner at home please.

      • Daniela Wolf

        WTO states that NOx concentrations above 900 µg/m³ are harmful for human beings.
        In most cities we have values under 40 µg/m³ …….

        The studies stating that thousands of people would die on car pollution are identified as LIES.

        • Over half million people die from pollution in Europe A YEAR. Besides you have now live maps showing how polluted cities are, take a look. Obviously some parts of the city will be more and some will be less impacted. If you have any doubt how potent of a pollutant an ICE vehicle is, start your car in a closed place with no fresh air going in. Is it really something that still needs to be explained? Sounds like the tobacco propaganda of the 80s and 90s – sure keep on smoking, but in your own home – same with your ICE cars.

          • Daniela Wolf

            The WHO states that this is wrong!

      • Well, if we’re going to talk about that, what about CO2? The most environmentally pollutant greenhouse gas? One mostly responsible for recent sporadic climate changes and rising sea levels, affecting millions on millions around the entire world every year? But no, of course, NOx which isn’t anywhere near as serious, let’s all focus on that to push the diesel hate-train along further. Petrol is the exact same but worse. Due to recent technologies, that NOx gap is closing quicker than the one with CO2. If you’re going to talk abiut diesel being bad, tou need to say it about petrol too.

  • About time. Since when is money more important than a healthy life? Our cities must get clean, and we have to phase out all ICE vehicles as quick as possible.

    • Daniela Wolf

      This would lead to a economic disaster.

      • Not really, see Norway as an example.

        • Moveon Libtards

          Norway sucks. A little village way up north. Does anyone care? When they play in the real world come talk to me.

        • LWOAP

          Norway isn’t going to work for the rest of the world.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Yup, so we can all use even more polluting electric vehicles. Enjoy disposing of all those toxic batteries. Just like nuclear waste!

  • Moveon Libtards

    Remember when Euro-trash types were lecturing Americans on how “stupid” they were for not buying diesel cars like they were in droves? Except the Euro freaks seemed to totally ignore the fact that diesels are dirty and they were buying them to save money over expensive Euro gas/ petrol, not to “save the environment”…

    Glad they caught on to what Americans already knew and banned, 40 years ago!

  • Thando_Gqabaza

    “diesel and petrol are pretty comparable in their NOx emissions” – WRONG , diesel emits about 30% more NOx than a petrol with a catalytic converter, and NOx is responsible for many illnesses including lung cancer.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Modern Diesel and Petrol are equal!

      That’t the truth.

      again lung cancer > 900 µg/m³

      In europe we have < 40 µg/m³

      At ur workplace u have 1600 µg/m³ ……….

  • Stealth333

    Diesel is cancer. When I visited Ukraine, the air quality is horrible due to all the diesel cars. In Canada however the air quality is 100 times better and you never smell exhaust fumes anywhere unless it’s from some ricer who removed his cats from his car to gain 10hp.

    • Daniela Wolf

      No argument !

      Dude how big is Canada ? How many people live there?
      And now compare it to Ukraine…..

      V8 and V10 engines are NOT clean.
      But hey a consumption of 20 L petrol is not a problem!
      Here in Europe u pay 1,50$ for ONE litre.

      The only reason for NA to use petrol engines is the low taxation/price of fuel!

      • TheHake

        I’d GLADLY pay $1.50 for ONE liter. We pay $2 for a liter!!! For someone that has to travel a lot FOR WORK, it’s not affordable to drive a petrol car and electric is not even an option.

        • Daniela Wolf

          Where are u living?
          Recently i spoke to a American and he told me that he got to pay around 2$ for one gallon.

          • TheHake

            In the Netherlands we pay €1.85 for a liter, which is close to $2. I drive a (Euro 6) diesel because driving a petrol powered family car would not be possible since I do arounf 50 000km per year.

          • Daniela Wolf

            Yeah in europe fuel prices suck – i feel u!

  • DanSemering

    Good luck with that!

  • MarketAndChurch

    It won’t end with diesel. Petrol will be next. I expected diesel to have at least another 5 years but it looks like it’ll be phased out much sooner then that. Sounds suicidal to me but maybe they know what they’re doing.

    • TheHake

      After that it will be art and music to be banned…

  • klowik

    Actually there is an engine which can be powered by water and produce as much power as petrol, the reason the industry won’t use it because a lot of these oil enterprises will go broke if water can be used as fuel.

  • TheHake

    Time to move to Eastern Europe. They’re going to ride some nice cheap diesels!

  • SteersUright

    Any legislation that cuts down on air pollution is to be admired. Im in Mexico City now and its an amazing place aside from the pollution. Once you’ve felt dirty air in your lungs, the accompanying sinus pain, pressure, you’ll wish every car was a hybrid!

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