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Climate protection in transport : environment examine opportunities for speed limits to 120 on motorways

due to complaints for Diesel-driving bans, sharply criticized the German environmental aid (DUH) is examining the opportunities for a speed limit of 120 on highways. So that climate protection in the traffic, those cars could reach, which were already on the road, said DUH-chief Jürgen Resch in Berlin on Tuesday. The goal is to advertise with "unusual alliances" for the restriction. "Yes, we will check what legal options we have for the subsidence," he said on demand.

on Monday evening in Brussels agreed on new climate targets for new Cars holds the DUH is not enough. Problems include the small print, including the Art, such as electric cars, on the average, the new cars would be counted, said Resch. Negotiators of the EU States, the European Parliament and the EU Commission had agreed that the CO2 emissions of new cars to decline by 2030, to 37.5 percent in comparison to 2021. The industry considers this to be disproportionate and unrealistic.

defeat had to corners of the environment aid in the state of Hesse once. There, they failed with an application for a temporary injunction on the enforcement of the driving ban in the city centre of Frankfurt am Main. The Hessian administrative court rejected the application on the grounds that Exceeding of limit values alone is not sufficient to impose driving bans. At the same time, the court of appeal of the state of Hesse and Frankfurt against the original judgment of the administrative court of Wiesbaden to the driving ban. (Az. 9 A 2037/18.Z and 9 B 2118/19)

The DUH was sued before the administrative court of Wiesbaden against the state of Hesse, in order as soon as possible, the limit values for nitrogen dioxide in Frankfurt to be met. In September, the court ruled that a zonal transport ban on older Diesel in the city center of Frankfurt, in the air had to be shut included plan. It allowed no appeal.

the "Serious doubt" as to the correctness of the judgment of first instance

In Frankfurt, the values for diesel exhaust gases contained in the pollutant nitrogen oxide than the EU limit of 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air, as in many other cities. Therefore, the DUH in Germany has sued 34 cities on the compliance with the air limit values and checks lawsuits against other municipalities. The Exceeding of the limit values alone forbidden enough but not for the application of zone-related driving, founded the Kassel court in its approval of the appeal.

they were only as a means of last resort. In the particular case had to be determined whether the proposed measures were not sufficient to meet the limit values. "These requirements, the first-instance judgment is not enough," said the court. Many cities want to reduce air pollution through the use of electric buses, a promotion of public transport and the Expansion of Bicycle paths.

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Hesse, and Frankfurt, requested the admission of the appeal and the administrative court in Kassel, Germany, this was "due to serious doubts as to the correctness" of the judgment at first instance. The DUH, in turn, had demanded at the time by urgent application, that the driving ban on 1. February will be arranged. The the court declined. Now the main procedure must be awaited. (dpa, AFP, Reuters)

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