September 06, 2018
City of Frankfurt bans diesel
We promise not to list every German city that imposes a diesel ban, but the first imposition of a city-wide ban on older diesel cars matters because it will encourage other cities to follow suit.
Frankfurt has introduced the first total ban, covering an entire city area. The one from Hamburg covered a small number of streets in the city. Frankfurts's ban takes effect in February 2019, and affects all diesel cars compliant with the Euro 4 or older standards, and petrol cars compliant with the Euro 2 norm and older.
Frankfurter is a commuter city. The ban effectively bars people from commuting with older cars. Wealthier employees, or those with modern company cars, will not be affected. Because of its geographical location, Frankfurt has been suffering for a long time from elevated levels of pollution, and the city - along with Stuttgart - is one of those with the highest measured values of nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide.
As FAZ reports this morning, more diesel bans are on the way. An environmental NGO is currently suing several state governments for their decision not to act against cities that breach agreed NO2 targets. The next big development to watch out for would the imposition of a ban on cars compliant with the Euro 5 norm - this would cover the majority of diesel cars in circulation.