Münster (dpa) - The North Rhine-Westphalian Higher Administrative Court in Münster is negotiating on Thursday (10.00 clock) on a diesel driving ban in Cologne.
The German environmental aid had enforced in the first instance before the Cologne administrative court, a large-scale exclusion zone for diesel vehicles. By contrast, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has appealed. The court wants to announce a decision on Thursday.
So far, the driving ban has not been implemented. The revised clean air plan for the metropolis, which came into force on April 1, also waives this measure. The air pollution is to be lowered by other means: For example, since last month in the center of Cologne a ban on driving for trucks, which weigh more than 7.5 tons.
Air pollution in Cologne has long been significantly too high. According to the EU limit, the annual average is only 40 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter, and in some parts of the city significantly higher values were measured.
Measurement data Federal Environment Agency nitrogen dioxide