Hamburg: First German City to Ban Diesel Cars

German officials have now moved to begin banning older diesel vehicles and trucks from a main road in the center Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, starting on May 31. The transition into electric vehicles or hybrid vehicles is starting in many countries to combat the air pollution quality.

Germany has been under pressure from citizens to improve air quality since Volkswagen’s emission cheating scandal and the amount of cities surpassing European Union air quality regulations.

The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig ruled back in February that German cities have the right to ban diesel cars after recommending that Stuttgart and Duesseldorf consider banning diesel vehicles.

The ban will bar diesel vehicles from two streets, as well as cars that do not meet the Euro-6 emission standards, affecting nearly 168,000 cars registered.

Although violating the new ban isn’t severe and only results in a fine 25 pounds or $30 for cars and 75 pounds for trucks, it now leads the movement for other cities in Germany and even other countries to shift into more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Hamburg has already installed about 100 signs around the city to alert drivers of the new changes and plan for alternate routes.

German automakers Volkswagen and Mercedes’ Daimler have begun to begin production of electric vehicles for the impending future changes.

Volkswagen announced in March its plan to ramp up zero-emission and electric vehicle production by launching 16 new electric vehicle plants around the world by 2022. The company is also aiming to launch 80 new electric vehicle models by 2025 and then an electric version of each of its 300 group models by 2030.

Daimler is also doing similar efforts as Volkswagen by increasing production plants and making an electric alternative for all of its diesel vehicles.

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