Traffic & transportation

Bundestag's decision required: No diesel ban in cities and on motorways - update the limits!

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Polticians don't take responsibility for nowadays mobility. Of 46 million cars, currently registered in Germany, about 15 million are diesel cars. 13 million of these belong to emission class EURO 5 and lower. One cannot simply ban these cars and their drivers from German cities, streets and motorways!

A green organisation, Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) sues city after city demanding a ban on diesel cars. The ban, however, is based on limits which are far too low and are derived from measurements taken from randomly placed metering stations. One day, "exceeded limits" were reported in the city of Oldenburg - but that day, there were no cars around at all due to a marathon taking place! The limits must finally be updated to match the current situation and reality in general. They are at least 20 years old, and are not correct in any aspect anymore.

You think, 40 µg NOx (nitrogen oxide) per cubic metre of air on the street could pose a danger to your health and maybe life? However, the allowed limit at workplaces (indoors) is as high as 60 µg NOx per cubic metre of air, and in factories even as high as 950 µg NOx! Any Christmas tree with real candles produces as much as 200.000 µg NOx per cubic metre! For reference, the allowed limit for streets in the USA is 100 µg NOx per cubic metre of air. Anything below this value is "best air quality" – and never before the air in our cities has been as clean as it is nowadays. This is what the Federal Environmental Agency states.

The damage to mobility, to drivers and to society in general is enormous. Not to mention the loss of image - Germany in the only country in the world that has gone this far.

In France, drivers took to the streets and are actively protesting now. It's time for change in Germany, too.


Thank you for your support, Olga Drillkens from Essen
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  • on 06 Sep 2019

    I own a diesel vehicle

  • on 04 Sep 2019

    Weil die Beschlüsse und Gesetzesentwürfe auf veralteten Daten basieren, die den tatsächlichen aktuellen Schadstoffausstoß weder berücksichtigen noch wiederspiegeln. Im Vergleich zu anderen Schadstoffquellen/-verursachern ist die Momentane Beurteilung der Sachlage durch die gewählten Volksvertreter unverhältnismäßig.

  • on 19 Aug 2019

    It's time to get these polluting cars off the street or limit their range at the very least. City air is significantly worse than elsewhere...

  • on 17 Aug 2019

    because banning diesels is ridiculous... the amount of pollution planes produce is far greater than that of cars amongst many other things ...

  • on 20 Jul 2019

    Die durchschnittliche Schadstoffkonzentration in der Luft in Deutschland hat sich (laut Umweltbundesamt) seit 1990 etwa halbiert. Was von den 1960er Jahren bis 1990 geschehen ist ist noch viel extremer und ich bitte alle Messwerte aus früheren Jahrzehnten mit heutigen zu vergleichen, dann werdet ihr sehen, dass die Luft so unglaublich sauber geworden ist, dass Fahrverbote nur lächerlicher rein ideologischer SCHWACHSINN sind.

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