Germany prepares prohibitions for the majority of the diesel


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Thursday met the responsible of environment of the different German regions, and an agreement was reached to restrict the mobility of the car more polluting before the end of the year.

we Talk about the diesel pre-Euro 6

In urban areas there may be a delimited area, where you may only enter cars with the blue badge. Germany has already classified the cars with distinctive colors to differentiate their technologies, anti-pollution, and areas where they can or can not pass (Umweltzone).

The overwhelming majority of the park mobile, German the 90%, you already have the sticker green. Right now there are 51 areas in the country where the only cars with this sticker are allowed to move. If a car violates the constraint, 40 € fine and a point on the card of the driver (the more, the worse).


The adoption of the system of stickers meant that the diesel without particle filter stopped access to the centres of cities since 2008. Those who decided to place a filter that didn’t come out of the series, received a better grade and can pass for those areas.

around half of the 3 million cars sold each year in Germany are diesel. Since the entry into force of Euro 6, all those cars meet the regulations, and could bear the distinctive blue.

In theory, the Euro 6 diesel emit a maximum of 80 mg/km of nitrogen oxides (NOx), and the same level of particles than a gasoline. That is only true in the laboratories, but is a way to begin screening cars more polluting.

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The reform that is underway will allow the municipalities more legal tools to combat the circulation of these cars. When you have episodes of high pollution, users of the diesel that do not have blue sticker will become more uncomfortable.

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In January he gave the first case of a German city that he has asked the citizens not to use the car if it was not necessary, given the high level of pollution. Was Stuttgart, the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg, with a couple of seats of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

Where other measures have failed to tackle pollution, it is expected that this measure will encourage the substitution of the cheaper models of pollutants by other cleaner. It is an intermediate step before the electric and the diesel Euro 6 to be the majority on the roads.

But does not waive the diesel engine in general

first european producer of automobiles has an industry heavily settled, and five German states, like Bavaria (Audi/BMW), oppose an increase in taxes to diesel. Consider that these motors are important for reducing climate change, since they emit less carbon dioxide (CO2).

BMW sold a 74% from diesel and Audi a 67%

Circulating in Germany at this time 14 million of diesel passenger cars, which, according to the VDA, the half will have been out of circulation in five years. A third of those 14 million cars to meet Euro 6, so that the measure would affect two-thirds of the fleet of passenger cars.

With the advent of new methods of approval outside of the laboratory (Real Driving Emissions or RDE) will be even more difficult to get the stickers of blue, although the limits have been relaxed, since the 80 mg/km are virtually impossible to observe in real roads.