The seemingly endless grace period is over: The large-scale diesel driving bans for Euro 5 vehicles, which have been in force in Stuttgart since July, will be checked as of today.
The eternal back and forth and embarrassing actions of the responsible government seem to have come to an end. Initially postponed, as for example in Berlin due to non-installed signs, the Stuttgarters now have to get used to the driving bans for diesel vehicles of the Euro 5 pollutant class. The city is thus reacting to the unmanageable maximum levels of air pollution. Signs have been erected at a total of 160 locations to indicate the new ban zones. Today thus seems to mark the end of a traffic farce that is unparalleled in Germany. Driving bans have been in place for Euro 4 for a long time, but from today on it will also become expensive for owners of Euro 5 vehicles: the current catalogue of fines provides for a fine of 80 euros plus charges. "Anyone who is not covered by an exemption or has a corresponding exemption permit is not allowed to drive or park with their affected diesel in the aforementioned zone," a city spokesman summarises the current situation appropriately.
As always, you can see exactly which zones on the Neckar are affected in real time in our Green Zones App.