The organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) is urging the city of Wiesbaden to consistently implement the clean air plan imposed on it.
Great promises were made by the city when a black eye was given to diesel driving bans. However, a catalogue of measures was linked to the fact that no diesel driving bans were imposed on Wiesbaden. The DUH was initially impressed, and spoke of an "ambitious overall package", and even in connection with its dazzling plans indirectly described the city as a model for other cities and municipalities. However, only empty promises remain of these great intentions if the DUH's autumn 2020 status is anything to go by. The action of the state capital seems to be too timid, too uncoordinated, and this has prompted the DUH to write a letter to Lord Mayor Gert-Uwe Mende (SPD). Among the criticisms mentioned by the DUH, three stand out in particular.
For example, Wiesbaden had tried to focus on E-buses, which made sense under the circumstances at the time. However, out of the original 46 buses with electronic engines, only a measly ten are in use today.
The next nuisance is the annual ticket (365-euro ticket), which has been showered with praise in advance, but for which the federal government has not promised any funding. So this ticket with a reduced fare has become nothing more than hot air.
The third point is the bus and bicycle lane on the first ring road, which is only sneeringly described by the DUH as a patchwork quilt because of its many sections, and which would offer potential space for "life-threatening turning manoeuvres" due to the resulting lack of clarity.
Finally, the DUH sets a deadline within which answers and solutions are expected from the Hessian city - otherwise legal action would follow.
This ultimatum also has its limits as far as the scope of action is concerned, as DUH demands a satisfactory answer by 20 November 2020. This is not much time for a city that does not want to see that it has reached the end of its rope when it comes to installing driving bans.