The country faces a 100 million euro fine for excessive air pollution. A two-month deadline set by the European Commission to reduce nitrogen oxide pollution passed unsuccessfully yesterday. At the same time, a French court ruled that the state was partly to blame for the country's climate damage.
A new law is to make it possible to scan number plates in Germany to prosecute criminal offences. This could also lead to digital monitoring of vehicles in German low emission zones. Other EU states are leading the way.
Controls in the Paris Low Emission Zone are to be automated this year. Drivers who enter the Paris metropolitan area with an unauthorised sticker can then be identified and penalised by camera systems.
Volkswagen - the name says it all: a car for the people from a good traditional German company. When in the 1930s the first VW Beetles and later the vans hit the streets, the people were thrilled. The cars accompanied us on road trips and holidays, gave us a feeling of freedom and reliability. And that for decades.
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.
Europe's roads are veritable money printing machines - much to the chagrin of travellers. Where it gets really expensive: a brief overview.
Since the beginning of 2020, the Berlin police have registered a total of 219 violations of the existing ban on diesel driving (older diesel vehicles up to exhaust emission standard EURO 5).
Many Europeans are driving older and older cars, at the expense of the environment. The EU Commission does not like this at all and announces Euronorm 7 as the standard for 2021.
What is becoming more and more concrete in South Tyrol is now also coming to Germany and Switzerland: Noise protection zones for motorcycles are becoming more and more acceptable.
France is threatened with a fine in the millions for excessive air pollution.