Hamburg driving ban rings in Germany’s “diesel exit” – opinion
The driving bans for older diesel cars on two roads in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, might be “miniature driving bans” and not enough to curb air pollution, but they will allow other municipalities and even federal states to follow suit, Kai Schöneberg writes in a commentary for the Tageszeitung (taz). In the short run, the bans on a total length of 2.3 kilometres will lead to diesel drivers using other roads without air quality measuring systems, Schöneberg says. But Hamburg still is “the entry into the diesel exit,” and rings in the transition to sustainable and clean mobility, he writes.
Read the commentary in German here.
See CLEW’s diesel bans Q&A for background.