diesel driving bans in Germany for the first time also apply to a busy highway. The administrative court of Gelsenkirchen has a driving ban zone for food arranged in it has expressly also the A40 in the urban area involved. It is the most important connection for commuters and long-distance transport in the Ruhr area, as well as one of the busiest streets in Germany.

The judge committed the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the corresponding provisions in the clean air plan. The occasion of a complaint by the German environmental aid (DUH). The organization is fighting for the observance of the already since 2010 and is valid throughout the EU limit value for harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

The chief of the port of Duisburg, Erich Staake, told the Rheinische Post that the driving ban would be a disaster for the economy in the area. “Then many companies would be difficult or impossible to reach. This would have serious consequences for industry and logistics.”

The environmental aid had sued, because the air in the cities of Gelsenkirchen and Essen exceeds the limit. Are allowed in the EU for a maximum of 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air, annual average. At the measuring station to Hausen, which is situated directly on the A40, eat-happy last year, had been in the mid 50 micro-grams is measured. At a measuring station in Gelsenkirchen average of 46 micrograms resulted in a year.

Here judge to decide on diesel bans

an action is prepared, a lawsuit is pending, bans on driving (the info window of the points, showing nitrogen dioxide annual values. Limit value: 40 µg/m3)

source: German environmental aid, the FEDERAL government, to do their own research, Stand: 8. November 2018 ONLINE

The German environmental aid had insisted, as in many other towns and cities in Essen and Gelsenkirchen in court on driving bans for diesel vehicles. Most recently, she had won last week, procedures for diesel driving bans in Cologne and Bonn.

The environment has submitted a total of more than 30 cities of lawsuits. Diesel cars are a major source of harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Since 2010, and valid and controversial NO2 limit in the EU is exceeded in many German cities for years.

In February, the Federal administrative court had decided in Leipzig, driving bans, attitude to air pollution, in principle, permissible, but they must be proportionate. On this basis, administrative courts decide on the possible actions of the environment help and give to the Association in the rule of law.