The German Blue NOx Badge remains on the political agenda!
The introduction of the German Blue NOx Badge is currently suspended – but the Badge remains on the agenda
At the conference of the transport ministers in Stuttgart on the 7th October 2016, the majority of the ministers of the German Federal States positioned themselves against the introduction.
The main issue concerns the older diesel vehicles, many of which would be then in fact banned from the traffic in Germany.
Although a minority of Federal States was for the German Blue NOx Badge, among them Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Berlin or Hessen, the majority of the 16 Federal States voted against an immediate introduction. The main goal was to permit only vehicles with particularly low pollutant rejections to drive in the cities with Blue NOx environmental Zones.
Nonetheless, the transport minister of Baden-Württemberg, the ecologist Winfried Hermann, declared that the Blue NOx Badge is not definitely rejected. According to him, the project is not mature enough yet to make a decision and remains on the political agenda.
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.