State Government Challenging Potential Diesel Ban In Frankfurt

As Germany moves towards reducing car emissions, cities such as Frankfurt are considering banning older-model diesels from their streets or select roads, while others, like Hamburg, have already done so.

Yet, the state government is currently opposing a diesel ban in Frankfurt, looking to appeal a court decision that would make older cars unfit to roam the city’s streets starting next February, reports Automotive News Europe.

“Planned measures, such as deploying electric buses, building better cycle paths and more park-and-ride offerings would, in practice, have the same effect as a general driving ban,” said Hesse Prime Minister, Volker Bouffier, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats party.

The German government has yet to decide whether or not to force automakers to retrofit older models with exhaust-cleaning systems in order to make them less of a threat to the environment, as well as to people’s health. Statistically speaking, about a quarter of Frankfurt’s cars would be affected if the court-ordered ban is enforced.

The initial plan was to first ban Euro 4 diesels and Euro 1 and 2 petrol-powered cars from the city, followed by a ban of Euro 5 diesels starting next September – while Euro 6 ones would be exempt from the ban.

According to environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe, banning diesels is the only way for Germany to meet the European Union’s clean air rules, which stipulate that nitrogen dioxide pollution shouldn’t exceed 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air.

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  • Mr. EP9

    Wow this is already getting messy.

  • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

    A few old diesel cars on the streets are the least of Germany’s problems.

  • Just like why the 2040 EV initiative is ridiculous. If you don’t have adjusted infrastructure to meet the social issues that will occur, how will you force people to climb aboard? Banning the diesel engines cars is ridiculous. A reminder that petrol cars are still worse overall (hence why you’ll see CO2 sheets next to cars in showrooms because legally they have to be there) so you may as well as do the job properly by banning all ICE cars from a certain time period, not just one because that’s the ‘hip thing to do’. Let science do it’s thing first before you rush in to making unnecessary changes without planning for the consequences.

  • sidewaysspin

    The future according to socialism, they want people to ride bikes which may be difficult for many older folk or to catch a bus and be stabbed by some religious nut.

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