DIESEL BAN BEGINS: Two cities forced to ban older diesel cars to meet EU restrictions


Bonn and Cologne requisite now introduce bans on older diesel vehicles in order to not breach EU sullying standard, a court ruled. Older diesel cars that exhale higher pollutants are already being banned in other cities. Hamburg organized a ban in May, but environmental groups slammed the its lack of range.

Berlin and Stuttgart divulged similar bans for next year after a federal-court decision in February.

It bump into b pay up after Volkswagen admitted in 2015 it had cheated emissions tests in the US in a taint dubbed the “diesel dupe”.

“Defeat device” software in the US cheated diesel mechanism emissions tests.

BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen face and EU inquiry for allegedly conspiring to demarcate diesel emissions treatment systems.

Thursday’s ruling comes as a depth blow for Mrs Merkel, who had proposed legislation to halt diesel bans in some big apples.

The outgoing chancellor, who is stepping down in 2021, had tabled proposals to cease bans in cities that only breached EU limits partially.

Cologne’s administrative court unfaltering Germany’s former capital Bonn must impose the bans on two important roads.

Some buses should also be refitted to comply with the fouling rules.

Cologne must introduce bans on older Euro 4 diesel conveyances in some areas from April 2019.

It must extend the ban to Euro 5 agencies by September.

The court ruling came as German carmakers vowed to fritter away up to £2,600 (€3,000) per vehicle to help reduce diesel emissions.

The joint rule and industry move is in response to driving bans imposed in major metropolises.

Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and car bosses were hammering out a contract on anti-pollution measures during five-hour meeting.

Volkswagen and Daimler will-power offer hardware refits to clean up older diesel vehicles at their own outlay.

But BMW is refusing to do so, according to Mr Scheur.

Among the changes as part of the £2,600 (€3,000) mutates that will be offered by Germany’s three biggest carmakers are trade-in spurs.

It is hoped the move will convince customers to buy newer vehicles that possess lower emissions and would not be affected by driving bans.

Mrs Merkel’s ministry wants carmakers to shoulder more of the burden of refitting the cars.

But Germany’s car production has been reluctant to spend more money on the costs.

Mr Scheuer replied: ”Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW will make sure their customers can be left mobile.”

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