Frankfurt will probably have to get used to driving bans, as the Hessian Administrative Court has now confirmed once again.
These are difficult days for the banking metropolis on the Main. The expiring project of the car-free bank of the Main is being criticised by the public and is being covered with malice. But this defeat is not enough, as the Hessian Ministry of the Environment has now confirmed the continuation of the Clean Air Plan. The draft of the future roadmap will be available to the public for a total of six weeks from the end of September to create more transparency - and probably not least to regain lost public confidence. The Ministry of the Environment once again confirmed its ambitions to complete the process by the end of the current calendar year, as "requested" by the legal authority.
The ruling states that the metropolis and the federal state of Hesse still undertake to comply with the European limit value for nitrogen oxide in 2021, which is 40 micrograms per cubic meter and has been in force since 2010. However, consistent compliance with the limit value for the commuter stronghold appears to be difficult to objectively unrealistic, as experts told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Furthermore, the government has so far left it completely open whether the plan mentioned above also applies to older petrol and diesel cars and could actively affect these types. In short: great confusion paired with uncertainty on the Main.
This game of hide-and-seek and keeping consumers in the dark, apparently deliberately intended by the city, is one of a series of traffic-related mistakes and failures that Frankfurt has been guilty of in the past.
Despite timid implementations such as the improvement and renewal of the local bus fleet to lower-emission models, the expansion of the bicycle network and the extension of parking spaces for commuters with the local transport system, the fifth largest stand in Germany will have to accept, for better or worse, that driving bans will inevitably come and thus shape and form the future cityscape in the long term.
It's your own fault, Frankfurt: one should learn from mistakes.