Stricter emissions laws threaten to descend upon Germany’s low emissions zones after 2012. Whether or not the standards will be as strictly enforced as they are regulated remains to be seen. The German Environmental Aid Association has noted that standards are currently not enforced much at all. More was learned in an interview.
After 2012, vehicles sporting a red fine-particle sticker are no longer permitted to enter 18 German cities, and the Ruhr industrialized region will be designated one large low emission zone. This threatens all old stinkers!
Things are becoming serious in the German low emissions zones: after January of 2012, many cities are redefining stricter rules. As noted above, 18 cities will not permit red-stickered vehicles inside the limits. The green sticker is even required in Stuttgart, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Osnabrueck, and Krefeld. The Ruhr region, also mentioned above, currently contains eight separate low emissions zones – the switch to one large zone is also in January 2012. Cars without an environmental sticker are totally banned from the area. Why? The European Union (EU) had determined higher limiting values for particulate emissions than anticipated. The grace period ended on June 11th. Now, the fixed limit is valid, which may only be exceeded for 35 days per calendar year.
At Neckartor in Stuttgart, the limit for particulate emissions is exceeded 65 days per year. Peter Zaar, speaker for the Regional Council, said: “We anticipate improvement after the new standards take effect. A 40km/h (24 mph) speed limit in the city center is also in discussion.” If emission levels continue to exceed the limits, there could be complaints levied against Germany by the EU – accompanied by massive fines for the guilty communities. The EU will evaluate any progress in reducing fine particulate emissions in 2012.
Click here for a list of current low emissions zones from the Federal Environmental Office.
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