Diesel banned from driving on the highway in Essen and Gelsenkirchen

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For the first time a court has decided a ban on driving for a highway in the Ruhr area: for the busy section of the A40 at the Essen city area. In the next few days, bans threaten in other cities.


The administrative court of Gelsenkirchen has been the establishment of a Diesel-driving ban zone in Essen, with Parts of highway 40 is arranged. The judge committed the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Thursday, appropriate regulations in the clean air plan. Had sued the German environmental aid (DUH) and now you get right.

The administrative court in particular, that in the new Zone in food from 1. July 2019, the only diesel vehicles of the pollutant class 5 or higher, from 1. September will be allowed to travel to only diesel vehicles class 6. In Gelsenkirchen Kurt-Schumacher-Strasse from the 1. July only for Euro-6 Diesel to be passable. For traders, it should give exceptions.

Government of the hardness of the judgment surprised

Representatives of the state of NRW had emphasized at the hearing that already planned measures in the year 2020, at almost all measuring stations, the limit values are complied with. Driving be prohibited disproportionate. At the measuring station to Hausen, which is located directly on the busy A40, eat-glad had been measured in 2017, an annual average of 50 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of air. In food, the limit value of 40 micrograms has been exceeded, even at a further four stations.

The North Rhine-Westphalian state government wants to go against the driving ban on the A 40 in appeal, as a “life vein of the Ruhr area” was affected with hundreds of thousands of commuters and the proportionality had to be checked, said the NRW environment Minister, Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU). “We are further of the hardness of the judgment very surprised,” said Heinen-Esser.

More and more bans threatened

In other cities, driving bans are already in preparation. In Cologne and Bonn, for example, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in April of next year, bans the insertion. In Cologne the whole of the environmental zone is affected. The state government will, however, appeal to the administrative court.

In Mainz , according to the ruling in October, in the meantime, the verdict arrived. Cars threaten diesel up to Euro 5 exhaust emission standard from now on, bans on individual roads. Cars up to Euro 4 can even be full zones. The city has four weeks to decide on an appeal. Berlin waits, meanwhile, is still on the written justification before the city takes further steps.

In Stuttgart are already driving bans announced. Here is Diesel with Euro 4 and worse from 2019, the environmental zone have to stay away. An expansion of Euro-5 is necessary to prepare the Baden-württemberg state government after a court ruling now as to whether the newer Diesel have to stay outside, will decide the government until later. A violation will cost in Stuttgart for 80 euros.

Some cities refuse to implement

Although the courts in Munich, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Frankfurt am Main , the state governments rely, driving bans, to consider and arrange, refuse, the competent authorities have so far failed to comply with the Judgments. Therefore, the judge in Munich’s procedure, check now even with a coercive detention for officials and Ministers.

The first city, the driving bans in place, is Hamburg. Diesel cars not meeting the Euro standard 6, you need to steer clear of, since June, two thoroughfares. There are exceptions for residents and residents. A breach here costs 20 euros.

According to the current judgment in Essen and Gelsenkirchen follows Darmstadt on the 21. November and then in Wiesbaden on 21. December. Overall, the DUH dispute is currently before the court for driving bans in 29 cities. In the coming months it will be 34.

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