Let Cities Ban Some Diesel Cars
  • buzai232buzai232 March 2018

    The highest court in the home of Volkswagen and BMW has reached a verdict: And it goes against some diesel cars.Find the more World news
    from SHINE. The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig ruled that
    cities have the right to ban some heavily polluting diesel cars. The
    decision could drive manufacturers away from combustion engines and
    force them to improve exhaust systems.

    The decision
    comes as Germany works on how to improve its air quality. The EU
    introduced limits on levels of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide
    in 2010, and many German cities exceed them – including Stuttgart, which
    has recorded particulate levels over twice the limit. The country has
    considered measures such as free public transit in its cities to
    decrease the use of cars. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports that
    proposed bans could affect more than 12 million vehicle owners. But she
    also notes that Stuttgart's mayor says he has a shortage of police
    officers to enforce a ban.The court's decision comes after Environmental
    Action Germany sued officials in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf to force them
    to impose bans to stay within EU pollution limits. Now, these diesel
    bans in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf can proceed with some modifications,
    according to the Washington Post.

    The ruling also sets a
    precedent for similar bans in other German cities, as long as officials
    cannot find other ways to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions to EU approved
    levels. "Of the 15 million diesel cars on Germany's roads, only 2.7
    million have Euro-6 technology," reports Reuters. Euro-6 is the latest
    EU-designated emission requirement cars must meet to reduce harmful
    pollutants from exhausts.

    The wire service added, Environmental
    groups celebrated the court's ruling. Tuesday was "a great day for clean
    air in Germany," head of Environmental Action Germany Juergen Resch
    told Reuters. The auto industry didn't receive the ruling as warmly.
    "Volkswagen has to accept the Federal Administrative Court's decision,
    but is unable to comprehend it," the company said in a statement to the
    New York Times, calling the decision "unsettling" and "completely

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