In may, Hamburg has imposed as the nation’s first city diesel driving bans. Are affected in the Hanseatic city of two busy roads in the district of Altona: a 600-Meter-long section of the Max-Brauer-Allee and a 1.7 km-long section of the Stresemannstraße.

During the prohibition in the Max-Brauer-Allee applies to all Cars and Trucks that do not meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, the Stresemann road closed for Trucks only below the Euro-6 standard. Except from the driving residents and their visitors are prohibited, as well as Taxis, buses, ambulances, Garbage trucks and delivery vehicles.

According to Hamburg in the coming year for more cities. The beginning of Stuttgart in January with driving bans for diesel vehicles with emission standards of Euro 4 and lower in the environmental zone. In the course of the year, Cologne, Bonn, Berlin and numerous other cities. What can you learn from the Hamburg driving is prohibited and what is not? The answers to the important questions.

Has improved the air quality in Hamburg?

not Yet. Despite the driving bans in the Stresemannstraße and the Max-Brauer-Allee, the interim result is even slightly negative. Although the nitrogen dioxide values decreased in the stresemannstrasse in June on a monthly average below the limit value of 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air. In the following months, the values were in both roads, but again significantly above the limit values. The measuring stations of the two portions registered in October even 48 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of air, compared to the same month last year, an increase of 23 percent. The limits are regarded as kept, if 40 micro grams in an average year.

For a meaningful balance sheet of the two due to travel restrictions it was too early, says the Hamburg environmental authority. “The hot, dry summer and autumn, the weeks of calm weather conditions make it impossible, from this period is representative of the measured value Trends for a whole year to derive”, according to a spokesman. Accordingly, a valuation was only after a year of driving bans.

driving bans to enforce?

The first monitoring balance sheet from Hamburg suggests that many motorists obey the driving ban. From the beginning of August to mid-December 1156 car drivers have been controlled. 268 of the controlled driver drove illegally in the driving ban zone. So about every fourth driver has violated the driving ban, miss.

The police of Hamburg was in control of drivers, only a sample, because the Monitoring is very time-consuming. To find out whether a driver violates the driving ban, have to look the officers in the vehicle documents. The car is not to be regarded, what emission standard they meet. Was therefore discussed in the course of the year, again and again, the so-called blue badge. It indicates that a vehicle of the exhaust gas norm Euro 6. So far, the Federal government argues, however, against the marking.

remedy could also create an automated number plate recognition. The Federal government had brought in the beginning of November, a law on the way, on the basis of Inspections with cameras. The draft is coming soon in the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. The cities are opposed to the automated hunting on diesel sinners. Also, Hamburg’s data protection officer Johannes Caspar, the number plate recognition for constitutional concerns.

Shifting of traffic from main roads in residential areas?

Yes, because of the authority designated alternate routes result in partial areas due to housing. In Hamburg, an alternative route for the load runs through the August Burger street, right at the entrance of a district school. Parents had objected to the alternate route and collect signatures to have the ban repealed in the stresemannstrasse. The Max-Brauer-Allee circumvent many of the Car drivers by the harkort road – through the middle of Hamburg, the second largest housing development area.

road-related driving bans only the prelude to a larger Block?

This is possible, but this depends on the improvement of air quality. According to the assessment of Hamburg’s environment Senator, Jens Kerstan (Green) could follow in 2019, further driving prohibitions. The environmental organization BUND could prevail in court further driving bans for older Diesel, according to a report in the “Hamburger Abendblatt.” Therefore, no further road-related driving bans cannot be ruled out. For the North channel road and hawk street would be out of the question.


what is the response of car buyers to diesel driving bans?

The interest in diesel cars falls in Hamburg is particularly strong. Since the beginning of 2018 as the driving bans are already public in the conversation were – were approved in Hamburg 46.441 diesel cars. Around 30 per cent less than in the prior-year period. In Germany the number of newly registered Diesel Cars has fallen during the same period, only about 18 percent. How to do the falling demand for diesel cars in Hamburg with the driving ban has, however, can not say for sure.

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