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Hamburg applies the brakes on diesel vehicles

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Hamburg has become the first German city to restrict the use of diesel vehicles in response to a court ruling earlier this year.
Germany’s second largest city has started to unveil signs preventing older diesel vehicles, which do not meet EU emissions standards, from entering two major thoroughfares. The ban will take force on 31 May, according to the local government, and police will issue fines of up to 75 euros to offending vehicles.
The move follows a ruling from Germany’s Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig that regions could legally restrict diesel cars to tackle high levels of air pollution.
Environment Minister Svenja Schulze reportedly told a German national newspaper that “driving bans like those in Hamburg show how serious the situation is.” She implored manufacturers to retrofit (...)

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