Due to the ban on the sale of firecrackers and fireworks, the fine dust pollution on New Year's Eve will probably be significantly lower this year than in previous years. Environmental organisations would like to see a permanent ban in order to reduce the harmful emissions.
The CDU parliamentary group wants an immediate end to diesel driving bans. The environmental authority is reviewing the measure first, but is also evaluating some road sections for new driving bans. At the same time, more and more streets are being declared car-free zones.
In order to avoid diesel driving bans, the city on the Main is introducing a 40 km/h speed zone in the entire city centre. If this does not have any effect, unpopular driving bans may be imposed in the middle of next year.
In all 20 arrondissements within the city motorway, the speed will be reduced in the new year. This is to improve air quality, but also to reduce noise pollution and traffic accidents.
The current lockdown leads to a decrease in mobility of up to one fifth compared to the previous year. For such situations with low traffic volume, temporary environmental zones could also make sense in Germany.
The measure for better air, controversial in Germany, is becoming increasingly popular in France. Grenoble has had the country's first eco-lane since October. The lane in Lyon has been active since yesterday.
According to Mayor Keller, the environmental lanes that have been active for about two years cause congestion and emissions. Therefore, he is abolishing the lanes - making diesel driving bans very likely.
The driving ban for older diesel vehicles has no effect on air quality. Also because only two streets are affected. Will this result in larger diesel driving ban zones?
The death of a London girl was caused by excessive air pollution. This legal decision could be groundbreaking for transport policy in the UK and Europe.
Drivers are being asked to pay another additional £3.5 per day to keep public transport out of bankruptcy. This is despite the fact that there is already a congestion charge and the low emission zone charge for drivers in London.