From the middle of the year 2019 there will be in Darmstadt, Germany driving bans. The German environmental aid (DUH), and the ecological transport club Germany (VCD) agreed with the black-green state government. For the first time the parties had reached agreement in a dispute to Diesel-driving bans out of court.

The DUH was required to Darmstadt driving bans for older Diesel so that the limit values for nitrogen dioxide 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air are observed. The South Hessian town occupied, according to the Association, on the list of German cities with high nitrogen oxide loading to Stuttgart and Munich in third place.

The parties agreed with the government on Diesel-driving bans for two roads in Darmstadt: the hill street on the City Tunnel and the Henry street – a major arterial road to from 1. June 2019 by travel be limited. The prohibitions shall apply accordingly for Diesel vehicles up to Euro standard 5, and gasoline up to Euro norm 2. It had been also agreed a number of exceptions. At the same time, the urban car will reduce traffic lanes will be reduced. Originally, the DUH had argued vehemently for a complete prohibition zone in Darmstadt, Germany.

driving bans could be extended

In addition, Darmstadt, Germany should promote the public transport, which is a binding part of the agreement. The nitrogen oxide charge in the second half of 2019 should not decrease as expected under the EU limit, would extend the measures.

Overall, the DUH dispute is currently before the court for driving bans in 29 cities. In the coming months it will be 34. For many municipalities ordered dishes already driving bans.


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