The introduction of the Blue Nitric Oxide Badge has been put on hold!
For starters the introduction of the Blue Badge plaque was stopped on 08.09.2016!
Environment Minister Hendricks wanted to introduce the Blue Badge rather quickly, so that NOx emissions in cities can decrease faster and an identification of environmentally friendly diesel vehicles can be carried out. Now the Environment Ministry has put these plans on hold.
According to the Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth a working group of the Conference of Transport Ministers will try, from now on until autumn 2016, to draw up alternative proposals.
Always against these plans (to introduce a blue badge) was the Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt, who argued that it was more effective to firstly tackle the vehicles permanently located in city traffic, such as buses, taxis and government vehicles.
State Secretary Flasbarth reiterates his opinion that nitrogen oxides in inner cities endanger the health of people and therefore still a strong call for action exists. According to his testimony in Germany at least 400,000 people are directly affected from the nitrogen oxide emissions because they live on streets that are heavily travelled. Up until today, the limit values for nitrogen oxide are exceeded in around 80 German cities.