In Berlin, it is likely to decide on Tuesday on which road sections diesel driving bans will be introduced. The air pollution control plan is on the agenda of the Senate meeting (from 10.00 clock), as the Senate Chancellery confirmed.
Driving bans already exist and other cities
A Berlin court had demanded driving bans in a judgment of October 2018, so that the permissible limits in the city are met and the air quality improves. Driving bans on older diesels already exist in several German cities, including Stuttgart and Hamburg. The German Environmental Aid (DUH) had enforced this in court, there are still more procedures.
Driving bans due to nitrogen dioxide levels
Driving bans are driven by nitrogen dioxide levels, for which the European Union has set an annual average limit of 40 micrograms per cubic meter. In many German cities this value is exceeded. Therefore, the instrument of driving bans for diesel vehicles is also used. The pollution with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in cities comes to a large extent from diesel exhaust gases.
Nitrogen dioxide burden in Berlin already declining
In January, the Environment and Transport Administration announced that the pollution of the Berlin air with nitrogen dioxide had decreased in the capital last year, but was still above the permissible EU limit. An overview of preliminary data showed that the annual mean was 46 micrograms. In 2017 it was 51, in 2016 52 micrograms.
Decision in Berlin is already delayed
The upcoming decision of the Senate on driving bans in Berlin should actually come earlier. But the whole thing was delayed. According to the Senate Administration, the time limits of the administrative court could not be met, despite the high level of work intensity.