News Digest Item
10 Aug 2016

Environment ministry puts plans for city diesel car bans on hold

Berliner Morgenpost

The environment ministry has put plans to facilitate diesel car bans in cities on hold, reports newspaper Berliner Morgenpost. State secretary Jochen Flasbarth told the paper that plans for the introduction of a “blue badge” were put on ice until a transport ministry’s working group could table its own proposals to reduce emissions in autumn. “Blue badges” would give cities a legal basis for banning older diesel cars in order to bring harmful nitrogen oxide emissions within EU limits. The transport ministry and business groups had opposed the plans, according to the article.

Read the article in German here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany’s transport sector.

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