In 2019, a total of 25 German cities exceeded the EU limit for nitrogen oxide. For the ADAC, however, the matter is clear: there should be no further driving bans.
The German Environmental Aid Organisation (DUH) is today presenting its interim report on 40 court cases. The lawsuits filed by DUH are intended to ensure that better air quality is guaranteed in the sued municipalities. Headwind comes from ADAC traffic president Hillebrand, among others: "The decrease in traffic through Corona has helped to improve air quality. It will now be important above all to revive the use of public transport and consolidate the positive trend in cycling". Further driving bans could no longer be communicated logically to the German consumer, Hillebrand continued. With measures such as the modernization of bus fleets for clean drives, software updates for exhaust gas control systems and more environmentally friendly vehicles, the right signal and the future direction has been set, which must now be consistently adhered to. However, retrofits are rarely used and there are still numerous cases of limit values being exceeded in many cities.
So we can be curious about the interim balance of the DUH, which we will inform you tomorrow on our usual channels.