Laschet diesel driving is to prevent prohibitions on the A40

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In food will apply from the summer of 2019 bans, one of which is the traffic artery, the A40 is affected. NRW Minister Armin Laschet wants to avert the bans and “every legal means”.


North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) wants to prevent the court-arranged Diesel-driving bans in Essen on the A40, in the Ruhr area. “I think the coverage of the city of Essen Lock plus the axis A40 motorway straight through the Ruhr area for non-proportionate”, said Laschet. “I want to use every legal means, so that it is not forbidden to drive.” The higher administrative court to review the judgment of the administrative court of Gelsenkirchen.

In mid-November, the Gelsenkirchen court had prohibited a driving zone in Essen arranged, the section of a stretch of the busy A40. The court determined that in the 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. For traders, there should be exceptions.

Cities should revise air pollution control

Prime Minister Laschet believes that the cities can solve the nitrogen oxide problem. The cities would have to revise the air quality plans and demonstrate that they would do everything to ensure that nitrogen oxide emissions were falling. “If this is convincingly explained, then I think it is also possible that it is not forbidden to drive.”

Because the air limit values in many German cities are not complied with, the courts had already imposed several restrictions on older Diesel. Transport Minister, Andreas Scheuer (CSU) recently had the local authorities responsible, and wants to bring financial pressure.

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