Leipzig air pollution ruling press huddle

Top German court rules cities can ban diesel vehicles

Germany’s Federal Administrative Court has upheld decisions from Stuttgart and Düsseldorf’s regional courts, demanding that local authorities introduce restrictions on diesel vehicles with no further delay. The cases were brought by environmental lawyers ClientEarth and Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH).

ClientEarth’s lead clean air lawyer Ugo Taddei said: “The win is a tremendous result for people’s health in Germany and may have an impact even further afield. This ruling gives long-awaited legal clarity that diesel restrictions are legally permissible and will unavoidably start a domino effect across the country, with implications for our other legal cases. Putting traffic restrictions on the most polluting vehicles is the quickest and most effective way to protect people from harmful air pollution.”

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