Merkel skeptical of blue plaque

The introduction of a blue plaque for diesel cars is still controversial. Chancellor candidate Martin Schulz is clearly positioned against Chancellor Merkel joins the plaque against at least skeptical. We explain the background, what is the purpose of the blue badge, who needs one and what they will cost.

In German cities, the allowable nitrogen oxide limits are regularly exceeded, so is the introduction of a blue plaque for diesel vehicles in space. While express many politicians and organizations for the new labeling of diesels, SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz controls against: "It makes no sense to speak diesel driving bans"He said on Monday, July 10, 2017, while visiting the Audi factory in Ingolstadt. "The diesel engine will be used for a certain time"He explained. The limits would however be respected as well as the internal combustion engines to be built more efficiently. With this attitude he is likely many citizens break down open doors and so important electoral votes secure. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is the blue plaque on air pollution in cities with skepticism. The state can not introduce things that he could actually prevail. "Otherwise we have not won anything"She said on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at an event of "Stuttgarter Zeitung" and "Stuttgarter Nachrichten" in Stuttgar. They believe in the blue plaque for relatively problematic because it would then have to check all cars of commuters to see who had such a badge and who is not. "I try once that we do without bans. Then I need no blue badge"Merkel said. With the blue plaque the driveway could be prohibited in environmental zones especially for older diesel cars, which are considered the main cause of nitrogen oxides. The badge is required mainly by the Greens to ensure clean air in the cities. In Stuttgart and elsewhere bans for older diesel vehicles, which are considered the main cause of harmful nitrogen oxides threatening.

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German Association of Cities wants the blue badge

Anders argued, for example, the German Association of Cities and gives the debate again new impetus: Ulrich Maly, Vice President of the Association of Cities, sees the blue plaque for lower-emission diesel cars, the only way temporarily to handle necessary bans. Even if cities did not want bans, they came because of air pollution probably not around, Maly said. In addition, funding for retrofitting old diesel cars on Euro 6 standards would have to be launched. Simultaneously, the German Association of Cities also called for federal and state to finance public transport better: With prices from 2.50 to 3.00 euros for a single ticket, which are nationwide common for a sound limit is reached. As for the temporary bans on diesel cars, the city of Hamburg is a pioneer and leading on certain routes bans on diesel vehicles one. The Senate wants to implement this measure the Clean Air Plan to 2025th Also Baden Wuerttemberg rushes ahead and continues from 2018 diesel driving bans in force, decided the black-green state government on Tuesday, February 21. But Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green Party) rowing back already and wants to rethink the plans again, which reported the "Stuttgarter Zeitung": "With the proviso that the retrofitting works and allows us to reach the goals to be achieved by the Clean Air Plan, which bans have not yet set in stone", the Green Party is quoted there. However, after the decision of the bans was the willingness of economic recognizable, older diesel cars retrofitted and when fine dust could be reduced by better street cleaning, the problem was successfully tackled, Kretschmann said. Reason for the impending driving bans are persistently excessive particulate levels in the state capital Stuttgart. On days in exceedance is to diesel cars that do not meet the Euro 6 emissions standard, then driving will be banned on busy and polluted stretches. in 2016 alone, it would have been the case in more than 30 days.

BaWü for blue badge, however, Dobrindt

During the debate on diesel driving restrictions set out Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and his vice Thomas Strobl (CDU) also strong for the blue plaque on the federal level. However, such a badge is to be introduced no earlier than 2020, if at least 80 percent of the vehicles in question meet the required standards. Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt (CSU) rejects the introduction of the plaque, however, continue to decrease. Last was negotiated at the Conference of Transport Ministers in October on the blue badge for diesel cars and initially put a decision on hold. Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks (SPD) joined the discussion about bans on diesel shortly afterwards with a new proposal again in city centers. In its draft municipalities should impose driving bans on diesel cars on their own. First, they could even spend plaques, so that only vehicles likely to take sufficiently environmentally friendly engines in a prohibited area. On the other selected roads could be blocked completely for certain engines or temporarily bans are imposed. Especially with critical weather conditions should be kept away from the centers so diesel vehicles. the proposal of Bavarian Interior and Transport Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) has already been created "completely impractical" rejected. The blue plaque had been previously discussed at the Conference of Transport Ministers in Stuttgart.

Cities with the highest nitrogen oxide values ​​(limit: 40 micrograms per cubic meter annual average):

cityNitrogen oxides reading aloud UBA
Stuttgart (Am Neckartor)82 micrograms per cubic meter
Munich (Landshuterallee)80 micrograms per cubic meter
Reutlingen (Lederstraße Ost)66 micrograms per cubic meter
Kiel (Theodor-Heuss-Ring)65 micrograms per cubic meter
Cologne (Clevischer ring)63 micrograms per cubic meter
Hamburg (Habichtstraße)62 micrograms per cubic meter
Dusseldorf (Corneliusstraße)58 micrograms per cubic meter

First diesel driving bans in Ba Wü

With sharp criticism of the blue plaque so far included the Hessian federal officials spoke up. There you can see the diesel plaque a massive problem on the administrative machinery of the country forward. The reasoning: "The employees of the State of Hesse, their private "old" can no longer use for missions diesel cars if they have to drive downtown areas", The state chairman Heini Schmitt explained. This is especially for smaller departments without service vehicles a massive problem. Behind this is a very general problem of blue plaque: A sale of used car to purchase a newer diesel cars was not an option. With the introduction of the badge without diesel Euro 6 standard lose massively in value and would therefore be very difficult to sell. Finally, no one will buy a diesel, which he could not drive in inner cities. Schmitt notes: "This amounts to a de facto expropriation", So far, the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse and Bremen want to enforce a regulation for diesel cars with the badge in the Bundesrat, which is intended to help meet EU limits for Stickoxisbelastung. Transport Minister Dobrindt positioned itself from the beginning to this proposal and remained on the Conference of Transport Ministers at its point of view. Previously declared Environment State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth that his company is developing alternatives to the blue plaque. "We need a solution for cities with poor air"Stressed Flasbarth. Once the federal government has created the legal basis for the blue badge, communities in which areas with particularly high NOx pollution are enacted local bans diesel can - if they want to.

What is the blue badge?

After the red, yellow and green sticker, to be equipped with the blue particularly low-emission vehicles, which are then likely to enter the only diesel in certain environmental zones in cities. Only modern diesel cars that emit large quantities of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) are to receive this plaque. Diesel cars without blue plaque may no longer drive then in particularly polluted areas. However, it can be assumed that these areas will be smaller than the environmental zones that are already closed to cars without green sticker.

Who needs the blue badge?

The blue plaque would penalize mainly drivers of diesel cars that do not meet the emission standard Euro 6th then you should not enter a specially designated zones in city centers. Even gasoline corresponding to poor standards than EUR 3 will be affected by the regulation. So far in Germany only about 500,000 diesel cars are at all capable to get the blue badge. The remaining 13 million diesel cars have to see where they are. For, according to current knowledge, it is probably almost impossible to significantly older diesel engines to bring as Euro 5 by upgrading to Euro 6 standards. The establishment of a NOx emission control would be much more complicated than the installation of a particulate filter with their special catalysts and a perfectly matched motor control.

What does the blue badge?

To costs for blue badge there is no information so far.

How does the policy positions?

The biggest critics of the blue plaque for diesel cars comes from the Department of Transportation. Minister Alexander Dobrindt struggled so far vehemently against the blue badge for diesel cars: "Our goal is more mobility with less emissions and not abolishing mobility." Is it, however, according to the plans of the German Environment Ministry, then from 2018 all diesel vehicles will be banned from German cities, the Euro 6 emissions standard can not meet. The remaining diesel are then presented with a new, blue environmental badge, as has long been required by various environmental organizations. At the country level to thereby promises mainly a reduction of nitrogen oxides (NOx), which are harmful to people and especially to attack the mucous membranes. With the blue plaque for diesel cars the creation of new environmental zones in the inner cities would be possible simultaneously.