A Berlin court has ordered the city to ban older diesel vehicles from several downtown streets to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the German capital. The ban on cars with Euro 5 emissions standard or less must be in place by the end of next March.
The German government has reportedly found a new compromise aimed at keeping diesel cars on the road. Details of the "complex" plan are set to be revealed in the coming hours.
It’s not quite a quick chat at the water cooler but German drivers have plenty to say at the pumps when asked about the country’s diesel question. DW’s Arthur Sullivan ventured onto the forecourt to find out more.
Berlin is notorious for dirty air in Germany. The local government wants to introduce speed limits on major roads to tackle the problem, while environmental groups continue to call for a diesel ban across Germany.
On a bright May day, the northern city of Hamburg became the first in Germany to enact a diesel ban. But the city's residents are less than bowled over by the new arrangement, which has significant limitations.
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