The German Blue NOx Badge remains on the political agenda!

New in Germany: Do the blue environmental arrive!?

Jamaica coalition: no date confirmed for the coal exit, but introduction of driving bans and Blue Badge
In the context of the exploratory talks concerning the formation of the new German Federal Government in a black-yellow-green coalition (Jamaica coalition), the participating parties need to converge on a common census, and differ from several of their fixed intentions, including the Greens.
However, according to the leader of the Green Party Özdemir, this does not concern the driving bans for diesel vehicles, which, in favour of general health, must still be part of the main agreements between the parties.
On this purpose, the total elimination of internal combustion engines could be postponed to a more distant future, and no specific date has to be confirmed for the coal exit.
For the Greens, it is more important to get a clear commitment to the further development of interconnected, automated and emission-free vehicles. In addition, "court judgements on nitrogen oxide emissions must be put into effect in order to get cleaner cities," said Özdemir.
Thus, exploratory talks seem to come to a compromise, with which everyone can save their face, as before the Bundestag elections, the Greens had stated they wanted to introduce the Blue Badge and driving bans for diesel vehicles, as requirements to the formation of a coalition!

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Blue NOx Environment Zones

The newly to be introduced nitrogen oxide badge is awarded only to vehicles with harmful emissions of less as 80 milligrams / km NOx. This should be for a maximum of 500,000 cars and trucks with a modern admission date of 2015 (partly) and 2016.

In turn, means that that some 13 million diesel vehicles have to stay excluded, provided that they are not AdBlue compatible! In contrast, almost all gasoline vehicles fulfil the Euro 6 standard, unless they belong to the direct injection engines.

The measures and legal regulations for the introduction of blue emission zones and for the Blue Badge would therefore already be effective in 2017. This concerns in particular the 35th BImSch and the 1st Amendment Regulation which have to be revised.

Then, when – most likely in fall of 2017 - all legal requirements are met, the municipalities and cities can choose where in their currently existing environmental zones the want to ad a possibly narrower, blue zone.

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