German govt slapped down on diesel
The German government has suffered a defeat over its opposition to state diesel driving bans. The Baden-Württemberg Administrative Court ruled that state governments must retain diesel restrictions if pollution limits exceed EU standards.
The German parliament recently passed legislation that enabled the use of bans in metros where where nitrogen oxide levels exceed 50 μg/m3, higher than EU limit of 40 μg/m3.
The state court said exceeding the EU thresholds by 25% was not permissible and that driving bans should be instituted if no other means were available.
The case was brought by non-profit organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe, which said the verdict was a slap in the face for the federal government, which wanted to give the impression that… driving bans for dirty diesel vehicles are no longer necessary.”