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.

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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 2016. This concerns in particular the 35th BImSch and the 1st Amendment Regulation which have to be revised.

Then, when – most likely in fall of 2016 - 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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