Ger­man court rules Frank­furt must ban some diesel cars

The Freeman - - MOTORING -

A Ger­man court has ruled that Frank­furt must ban high-pol­lut­ing diesel ve­hi­cles in or­der to im­prove the city's air qual­ity.

The DPA news agency re­ported Wed­nes­day the Wies­baden ad­min­is­tra­tive court ruled on a com­plaint filed by the Ger­man en­vi­ron­men­tal group Deutsche Umwelthilfe, which had ar­gued the city was not meet­ing Euro­pean Union clean air rules on ni­tro­gen ox­ide lev­els.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear how many ve­hi­cles would be af­fected or how widely. Ham­burg has al­ready banned older diesel mod­els from se­lected roads, and au­thor­i­ties in Stuttgart plan to ban older diesel ve­hi­cles from parts of the city next year as well.

Diesel en­gines, which are pop­u­lar in Ger­many, emit harm­ful ni­tro­gen ox­ide which has been high­lighted af­ter the Volk­swa­gen Scan­dal in 2015.

The bans fol­low a Fe­bru­ary court rul­ing al­low­ing cities to in­clude diesel bans in their air pro­tec­tion mea­sures.

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