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Air quality plans Dusseldorf and Stuttgart: diesel traffic prohibitions exceptionally possible

01.03.18 AHK Süd-Afrika - News-Hauptkategorie

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With two judgments, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig has today largely rejected the leapfrog revisions of the federal states of North Rhine-Westphalia (BVerwG 7 C 26.16) and Baden-Württemberg (BVerwG 7 C 30.17) against first instance court decisions of the administrative courts of Dusseldorf and
Stuttgart regarding the updating of the clean air plans Dusseldorf and Stuttgart. However, legal requirements, in particular for the sake of proportionality, must be observed when examining traffic prohibitions for diesel vehicles.

The Düsseldorf Administrative Court obliged the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, following a complaint by the Deutsche Umwelthilfe, to amend the Clean Air Plan for Dusseldorf so that it can take the necessary measures to ensure that the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit value of 40 μg/m³ averaged over one year was met as soon as possible contains in the city of Düsseldorf. The defendant is obliged to consider
further measures to limit the emissions of diesel vehicles by amending the Clean Air Plan. Limited driving restrictions for certain diesel vehicles are legally and actually not excluded.

The Stuttgart Administrative Court undertook to complement the clean air plan for Stuttgart to the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg that it take the necessary measures for the fastest possible compliance averaged over a calendar year emission limit for NO 2 in the amount of 40 micrograms / cubic meter and the hourly limit value for NO2 of 200 μg / m³ with a maximum of 18 authorized exceedances in the calendar year in the Stuttgart environmental zone. The defendant has a year-round ban on all motor
vehicles with diesel engines below the emission class Euro 6 and for all vehicles with gasoline engines below the emission class Euro 3 in the environmental zone Stuttgart into consideration.

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