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Another Diesel summit passed – actually nothing happened
“One Billion Euro alone won’t prevent driving bans” seems to be the major tonus after the Chancellor’s third Diesel Summit on Tuesday 28.11.2017.
What happened actually since the last summit in september? And how much do opinions diverge on this latest reunion? The German association for the environment DUH considers the summit failed because no bold, short-term solutions were proposed. Also, German politician and specialist for automotive industry Winfried Kretschmann announced that he didn’t understand the continuous resistance against the blue environmental badge. The mayors of concerned cities welcome the promise of Angela Merkel to consolidate the subventions, which were fixed on a one-time payment of one billion euros until now, to fight air pollution.
Nevertheless, first the money must be payed because none of the promised sum arrived in the cities yet. Also, the adopted measures will become effective on the medium and long term as they are based on the transition of public fleets to hybrid and electric vehicles. Still, the automotive industry rejects to retrofit the hardware of older diesel vehicles, for this reason they continue polluting the air.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry itself believes that measures optimising the traffic flow are the most effective short-term actions – and with this, they reject all responsibility which then should be shouldered by urban planners. Actually, nothing happened. The decision of the Constitutional Court on the legitimacy of driving bans is still attended for February 2018.
As with high probability, judges will decide for driving bans, the city of Düsseldorf already defined the limits of a blue environmental zone.