Movement of diesel cars on the autobahn limited in GermanyNovember 19, 2018
Expressway first came under the court’s decision
A court in German Gelsenkirchen allowed the administrations of Essen and Gelsenkirchen to restrict the movement of diesel cars in certain parts of the city. And for the first time, high-speed motorways passing through the industrial region of the country were banned.
From July 1 of next year, the movement of cars with diesel engines will be limited to 18 of 50 districts of Essen. In some parts of the A40 autobahn, only those vehicles whose engines meet the Euro-5 and above environmental standard will be allowed to move. From September 1, 2019, they will be allowed to have cars of a class not lower than Euro-6.
By its decision, the court upheld a lawsuit from a number of environmental groups, which accuse city administrations of systematically violating air cleanliness legislation. Previously, they were able to achieve restrictions on diesel cars in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne and other cities.
According to Deutsche Welle, these restrictions have already caused serious damage to the automotive industry in the country. The share of diesel cars in the first quarter of 2018 decreased from 41.3 to 31.1 percent. In order to avoid worsening the situation, the German government proposed a series of measures aimed at encouraging the exchange of old diesel cars for more environmentally friendly new ones.