Germany: Cities could ban diesel cars, says German court

SOT, Journalist (German): «How do you want to achieve that?» SOT, Uwe Lahl (German): «My prognosis is that the federal government will adopt a new position within the next days, my prognosis is that the auto industry will adopt a new position within the next few days and my prognosis is that we will get the blue sticker. « A German court in Leipzig ruled on Tuesday that German cities are... Еще allowed to impose diesel bans. The ruling applies to all Diesel cars with the classification Euro 4 and older starting immediately, while Euro 5 and 6 cars would have to be upgraded until September 2019 to enter cities that would actually impose a ban. Both the plaintiffs and defendants — the cities of Dusseldorf and Stuttgart — acknowledged the need for a law applying nationwide. Jurgen Resch, plaintiff and chief of the Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) NGO and Uwe Lahl, the director of the Transport Ministry of Baden-Wurttemberg suggested that the federal government introduce a blue sticker as a new, clean emissions class. The ruling by the country's highest federal administrative court came after German states had appealed against bans imposed by local courts in Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, in cases brought by environmental group DUH. The group said bans were necessary after about 70 German cities exceeded European Union nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels limits last year.

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