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Vacuum cleaner vs. diesel driving bans in Kiel

On 24.06.2020, the Higher Administrative Court (OVG) in Schleswig will hear the state's clean air plan for Kiel. Specifically, the plan concerns possible diesel driving bans on the Theodor-Heuss-Ring.

The city has already made some efforts to reduce the nitrogen oxide limits. In recent years, for example, the value was 65 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter and has now fallen to 49 µg. However, Kiel is still far from the legal limit of 40 µg/m³.

Nonetheless, the measures taken so far are showing results. Among other things, eight extraction units (unit price around 80,000 €) were purchased to clean the air at Theodor-Heuss-Ring.

We are curious whether this is enough for the court or whether we will see further diesel driving bans in Germany with Kiel in the near future.