Hamburg Becomes Germany’s First City To Ban Older Diesel Cars

Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, will ban older diesel vehicles from selected urban areas starting from next week, marking the first diesel driving ban in the country.

Starting from May 31, Hamburg will prevent cars and trucks that don’t meet at least the Euro-6 emission standards from using certain parts of key roads and avenues in the city, Bloomberg reports. Vehicles compliant with Euro-6 standards went on sale in 2014.

The decision came after a court rule in February which opened the door to municipal restrictions on where diesel cars can operate. Add to that the mounting pressure from EU, which sued Germany and other member states which failed to meet targets on nitrogen oxide and particulate matter in the air. Last year more than 65 cities in Germany recorded over-the-limit NOx levels.

Germany’s administrative court in Leipzig said in February that 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.”

Of the 15 million diesel cars in Germany, only 2.7 million are compliant with the latest Euro-6 technology. BMW, Volkswagen and PSA are already offering deals to customers wishing to switch to a petrol-powered car if they’re affected by driving bans.

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    Do these eco-fascists understand the amount of natural resources needed to build the car in the first place? It far outweighs the “pollution” the car emits over its lifetime.

    • trisul

      That is the $5.3tn in fossil fuel subsidies speaking through you. Think about it.

    • TheHake

      They don’t give a damn as long as they get it their way. Those cars will just move on to Easter Europe, so it’s not taken off the road. Additionally, they are costing the consumer TONS of money by FORCING them to buy another car. And not everybody is in the position to buy a new car so lots will buy an old, gas guzzling petrol powered car to replace the diesel. In fact, I propose a car swop with Easter Europe. Old diesels for old Lada’s.

      • Hamburg has plenty of car-sharing options, including electric fleet. You don’t need a car. Car is a luxury item in any city, so banning the ones that pollute the most is an obvious step in the right direction. Move out from the city if you think you are forced to buy a new car.

        • TheHake

          Oh just move out of the city, heh? Just like that? just sell the house and buy a new one. Just like that. Put the kids in a new school. Just like that. News flash: If you drive an older car, you probably don’t have the money for doing all that!

          • Property out of the city is much cheaper. If you drive an older car, you can switch to car-sharing where you get brand new cars and it’s much cheaper. There is always a solution, if you are not a lazy ass. There are people with kids that use only bikes as transport.

          • TheHake

            The fact is people are FORCED to do abide to someones else’s idea. There are people living in the city since they were born, now they must just pack up and leave? have you ever heard about a thing called TRANSFER TAX? It’s NOT free to move somewhere. Plus: “you can switch to car-sharing where you get brand new cars”. <- That is NOT available where I live.

          • Joff

            Most people rent, public transport in Germany isn’t like public transport in the uk

    • It’s about pollution within the city. You can use your below Euro VI car anywhere else, but the cities. Half million people are killed each year due to pollution, and you are talking about eco-fascism? Clean air should be basic human right, if that causes less GDP growth short term, let it be. You want your citizens to be healthy and ready to work, not to pay insane amount for healthcare.

      • LeifMichelsen

        Wow, there are actually people still not knowing the difference between epidemiologic statistics and scientific statistics… clean air is always a good thing. But it actually is very clean now, and further measures are made to a much too high economic price, if they actually work that is, and that is a big if!

        • There is not a single European city where the air is clean enough. If you need proof of the effects of an ICE, run your engine in a closed space. There is a reason why electric cars after production can run their test rounds indoor, whilst ICEs cannot..

      • ProtectOurHeritage

        Half million people are killed each year due to pollution? Incorrect. Greenpeace have even stopped claiming that kind of rubbish.


    Of the 15 million diesel cars in Germany, only 2.7 million are compliant with the latest Euro-6 technology. BMW, Volkswagen and PSA are already offering deals to customers wishing to switch to a petrol-powered car if they’re affected by driving bans.

    Well it looks like drivers in Germany are screwed. Also, I do hope those are good deals otherwise some drivers are going to be up shit creek without a paddle.

    • TheHake

      They will have to buy old, even more polluting petrol powered cars.

      • LWOAP

        If that’s the case they’ll end up banning those as well which would lead to more people being screwed. It’s not like everyone can afford to buy a new gas petrol engine or hybrid.

        • TheHake

          My point exactly!

    • Autoexperte

      in Germany is also forbidden to go by car for no reason and only for pleasure, a policeman can call you anytime and if you don´t give a reason for your trip (drive to work etc) you pay a fine

  • matrem

    Nice model you have as your lead pic. Love H0 scale city scenes

  • dufonrafal .

    That’s ridiculous. Restriction on older diesel and petrol car make sens.

    But only diesel, as recent as Euro 5, after encouraging drivers to buy them, that’s just stupid.

  • LeifMichelsen

    Only half a kilometer of road is banned and there is literally no way how to control a reasonable amount of cars, so they will use those stretches of road anyhow or go around that area and do a lot more pollution that way. EVEN IF pollution would be reduced through this: how come a city like Hamburg with one of the biggest harbor ports in Europe, that serves hundreds of diesel burning ocean liners every day within the city center, tries to reduce emissions by restricting a short stretch of road for a few cars? How does this make any sense?

    • LWOAP

      It doesn’t. This is merely political posturing to give people the impression they’re going to be cracking down on diesels given the current attitude towards them.

    • TheHake

      Leftist propaganda. That’s all it is. They don’t need to make sense.

  • VW is a crown jewel in Germany and an economic force, so that won’t happen…

    • Autoexperte

      crown jewel, a romantic word for a criminal association

      understand what you mean, too important for the German economy to seriously do something

      • Daniela Wolf

        All car companys cheated dude……

        • Autoexperte


          • Daniela Wolf

            Are u sure about that!?

            Name one. 😛

          • Autoexperte

            Yes, car manufactures which aren´t use a defeat device: Chevrolet, Cadillac, Mazda, Toyota, Honda, Acura, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Subaru, Suzuki, Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, …

          • LWOAP

            Those aren’t diesels bro. Ram cheated with their diesel emissions and apparently Ford is being accused of doing the same.

          • Autoexperte

            they all offer diesel except Acura and Lexus

            I drive a Mazda 6 estate with 2.2l turbodiesel 😉

          • Daniela Wolf

            Most of the manufactures u called out are currently under investigation.

  • TheHake

    Yes, so lets just collapse the economy because you don’t like them. What about all the people that work for VW???

  • Daniela Wolf

    salty jealous VW hater…..

    • Eagle By Singer

      Calling someone salty, a hater and definitely jealous in an argument just proves you’ve lost and that you have no rebuttal to their previous statement.

      Just don’t say that. It makes you look 12 years old.

      • Daniela Wolf

        I know this guy from several other car sites.
        There he was banned for Hate Speech…..
        I won’t allow such human beings to grab further space in the internet!

        • Matthew Daraei

          He is a really annoying guy. I blocked him long time ago, because I don’t like that he is always spreading hate towards everything and everyone.

        • Autoexperte

          i know you from other websites, you are a annoying Volkswagen troll

        • Eagle By Singer

          In that case, you do you.

  • Daniela Wolf

    next year petrol with direct injection gasoline engine willl be banned, too.

  • TheHake

    By certain circumstances, some people ARE forced to live in the city. And you’re missing my point. They should have phased this in and give people time. Euro 6 cars are >2014. For all intents and purposes NEW cars. Just give the people some practical way of dealing with this instead of this fascist approach of just banning stuff right away.

  • iea96

    Well, that’s a terrible way to make people buy new cars

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