The citizens of Frankfurt are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the Mainkai these days.
But the anticipation could soon be clouded. For example, there is talk of creating a new low emission zone at short notice, in which older diesel vehicles and certain petrol engines will not be allowed to operate. The head of the transport department, Oesterling (SPD), finds clear words that leave no room for interpretation: "A ban on diesel vehicles will have to be imposed there immediately. The decision was taken because the closure of the east-west link road had significantly increased air pollution and was too high. This is also the conclusion reached by the Hessian State Office for Nature Conservation, Environment and Geology (HLNUG), which only a few days ago presented the evaluation of the nitrogen oxide pollution readings for the year 2019.
The interesting thing about these excessively high values is that such results are arrived at even though motor vehicles only drove for seven out of twelve months at this particular point in the city. The remaining car-free months then logically lowered the average value again.
As soon as there is an announcement whether for or against, we will keep you informed.