The German Blue NOx Badge remains on the political agenda!

New in Germany: Do the blue environmental arrive!?

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.

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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.

Blue NOx Badge N OX 2017 (Guilloche)
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Grüne Plakette B MK 5653 (Guilloche)
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