On 27th of February, 2018, the citizens of Germany saw a different day – the day when the revolution of the car industry took place. Thanks to all those environmental campaigners who stood out against the excessive pollution of air, caused by the Diesel cars in Germany, the Federal Administrative Court finally ruled that certain cities can ban diesel cars to lower the pollution that is being created.
This decision affected various kinds of people in Germany, who were then the owner of Diesel cars, and have affected various car companies as well in the process too.
5 Things You didn’t know about Germany Diesel Cars Ban
But what exactly were the reason and the justification for this verdict? Read on to find out. Here are some of the most important things that you clearly didn’t know about Germany’s Diesel Car ban.
Five : What Exactly Was The Real Problem
It is said that many major cities in Germany had been affected by worse air pollution, which was the sole reason for so many deaths, illnesses and decrease in the overall standard of the lifestyle of the German people. It was reported by the German Government, that almost 6000 people die every year, prematurely, due to exposure to excessive levels of toxic nitrogen oxides, short form as NOx.
More than 60 percent of NOx comes from the Transportation sector and even in many cities like Munich or Stuttgart, the amount of NOx exceeded the threshold limit of 40 micrograms, which is just huge.
Four : Was It Directly Related To The Volkswagen Fiasco
This Diesel ban was not directly related to the blunder did by Volkswagen, but it sure did fuel the fire. It was only because of that scandal, that environmental campaigners complained more and more and demanded the ban of diesel cars.
Diesel, which was once held to be environment-friendly, due to low emissions of Greenhouse Gases, is now being complained at every point by the Government, Courts and even the media.
Three : Who Applied For The Case
DUH or better known as the Environmental Action Germany group, have been legally complaining for years in order to reduce air pollution. Stuttgart and Dusseldorf – lower level courts in these two cities finally concluded that Diesel car bans would be very much effective. It is then that officials appealed using the same in the regional court of Leipzig so that there can be a whole countrywide standard in coping up with the air pollution.
Two : What Happened On 27th of February, 2018
The country wide appeal was rejected, thus moving the power onto the various cities to impose the bans themselves. The cities will have many more months to adjust the air pollution, and some cities even may choose to ban Diesel vehicles when the pollution meter will be high. Not only that, the sales of Diesel Cars, as well as various second-hand ones, will be hit very heavily by this ruling.
Another thing to note that, the German Government on getting pressurized by the European Commission, has proposed to bring out various changes on the transportation front, for example – making public transport free of cost and also help in upgrading the old vehicles to newer ones to reduce emissions. The cost burden upon whom these changes will take place is still very much uncertain.
One : The Numbers
There are almost 15 million registered Diesel Cars in Germany, out of which 6 million meet the Euro 6 criteria making them free from the ban, while the rest 9 million will be affected by this ruling.
It is also worth mentioning that, there are 7 million buses, trucks and heavy utility vehicles that run on Diesel – which can also get affected, thereby jeopardizing the everyday life of the German people.