Mainz is necessary to prepare a diesel driving ban

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Mainz will have to introduce driving bans – except the city limits to comply with in the first half of 2019. The decision of the administrative court is also a setback for the Federal government.

Mainz must be a ban on older diesel vehicles to 1. September 2019 to introduce, if in the first six months of the year, the mean value for nitrogen dioxide is above the threshold value. The local administrative court decided. Whether it be for individual streets is necessary, or a Zone, leaving open to the court. The city has bans on driving up to the 1. April of next year, to incorporate in a new clean air plan.

The ruling is a setback for the Federal government. German Chancellor Angela Merkel described driving bans for Diesel up to the emission standard Euro 5 in cities with a nitrogen oxide concentration below 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air – as Mainz – as “disproportionate”. The local judges saw different apparently. And the coalition agreed trade actions and Hardware retrofits for older diesel cars, the driving should make bans unnecessary, sufficient for the judges, obviously.

An appeal against the University’s judgment was approved. If one of the parties involved will make use of it, was initially unknown.

Measures the city will not go to court fast enough

The plaintiff German environmental aid Association (DUH) was satisfied. The Organisation had demanded that the air is clean-tightened plan of the city to the year 2017. The pollution with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was 2017 in Mainz, Germany, according to the Federal environmental Agency at a measuring station of the year in the medium at 48 micrograms per cubic meter of air. The Europe-wide limit is 40 micrograms.

The city of Mainz had promised, until the end of 2019, the NO2 limit value of 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air at the most polluted site, close to the main train station and comply with it. This should be accomplished with a conversion of the bus fleet and the purchase of new buses. The court doubted, however, whether this objective can be achieved. It was also questionable whether a compliance is indicate by the end of 2019, in the face of already since 2010, the applicable limit value as quickly, said the presiding judge Stefanie Lang. The city is committed to a short-term and permanent compliance with the limit value in the entire city.

Additional driving bans threaten

The decision was by a judgment of the Federal administrative court in Leipzig. It had decided in February that driving bans are, in principle, permissible, but they must be proportionate. In the result of Hamburg has blocked two sections of road for older Diesel. In Stuttgart In 2019, a large-scale entry ban on older Diesel is planned. Driving bans for the city to give it to 2019 in the commuter metropolis of Frankfurt am Main, as well as on busy streets in Berlin. But this is only the beginning: To Mainz, further decisions have to be taken according to the DUH – 8. November is about to be brought before the administrative court of Cologne on driving bans in Cologne and Bonn.

The Federal government is trying to avoid new bans, and has therefore decided at the beginning of October a package of measures. In addition to exchange for the affected diesel driver by the Hardware manufacturer are offered there-retrofits planned – so far, Commitments from the car industry are missing.

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The decision in Mainz could have due to the location of the city in the Rhine-Main area also has an impact on the upcoming Landtag elections in Hesse. There, the CDU has to fear, under Prime Minister Volker Bouffier, according to polls in state elections on Sunday, heavy losses. Bouffier is trying with all its might to prevent the for Frankfurt impending ban on older diesel vehicles.

This is also why German Chancellor Angela Merkel went on the weekend in the Offensive and put a Plan of the coalition from the beginning of October. The government wants to make it difficult in cities with a relatively low Exceedance of the nitrogen oxide limits, bans on driving. The Immission protection law should be made clear that such restrictions were in cities with up to 50 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide in the normally relatively – the limit is 40 micrograms. The plans are due to European law requirements are controversial and have been moved according to the MIRROR.


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