“The beginning of the end for the diesel car”
Environmental NGO DUH, which sues many German cities over excessive air pollution levels, calls the measures agreed in Stuttgart a “Mickey Mouse driving ban” because it only affects certain diesel cars on certain days. “We need driving bans for all diesels, on every day,” said DUH managing director Jürgen Resch, according to a Tagesspiegel report. Car industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer said driving bans were indispensable, even though they meant motorists bearing the consequences of years of government inaction. The federal environment ministry welcomed the ban as an interim solution until suitable regulation can be agreed on a federal level, according to the report.
Read the report in German here.