Nitrogen dioxide pollution in Basel is clearly too high. Several measures are being taken to change this. Among other things, Switzerland's first permanent low emission zone is to be introduced.
The catalytic converters for diesel cars were supposed to upgrade older vehicles to Euro standard 6. Even before the development, experts warned that the retrofitting would be technically too complex and expensive, and would not be worthwhile. Environmental organisations and the party "die Grünen" nevertheless insisted on the technology.
A law passed by the German government is supposed to provide a better infrastructure with fast-charging stations and thus make the switch to e-cars more attractive. Despite the planned investment of billions, critics are not convinced.
The city is getting 291 new buses. All of them run on diesel engines. This contradicts the promise of the Green Senator for the Environment to ban all internal combustion vehicles from the city by 2030.
The organisation Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has drawn up a positive mid-term balance sheet but at the same time is not resting on its laurels.
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.
In the Stuttgart region, hardware upgrades for diesel have begun.