Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - The Association of German Environmental Aid has again applied for a fine of 25,000 euros against the state of Baden-Württemberg in connection with at least some of the nitrogen oxide limits in Stuttgart that are still too high.
The Stuttgart Administrative Court confirmed on request on Friday that such an application had been received.
In essence, the Environmental Aid accuses the green-black state government of having imposed too lax diesel driving bans for the state capital and of leaving out individual measurement results of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) that were above the limit values in its communication.
The Ministry of Transport rejected these allegations in principle.
A ministry spokesman said they were on the right track and did not have individual measuring stations in view, but rather “the air pollution as a whole”.
The background to the debate is whether the diesel driving bans currently in force in Stuttgart are sufficient or must be expanded.
On July 1, the state government introduced driving bans for many Euro 5 diesels in the state capital after the Baden-Württemberg Administrative Court had confirmed the payment of a first penalty payment of 25,000 euros requested by the environmental aid agency in the second instance.
The state then tried unsuccessfully to postpone driving bans in Stuttgart with a so-called enforcement defense action.
The environmental aid does not complain about driving bans, but that sufficient measures are taken to ensure clean air.
She argues that in Stuttgart certain measured values were still higher than legally permitted, so "extensive exemptions from the diesel driving ban, which particularly affect delivery traffic, must be significantly reduced".
In addition, the country is tricking the publication of individual values, the organization found.
Although official measuring stations of the State Office for the Environment continued to measure excessively high NO2 pollution at certain points in Stuttgart in the previous year, the state only published those results that were well below the limit values.
Specifically, the environmental aid referred to too high values in the Pragstrasse and Talstrasse.
With a view of Talstrasse, the green-led Ministry of Transport announced that numerous measures had already been taken here.
"That was successful, because the values in January 2021 were lower than the 2020 annual mean, even though the highest values usually occur in winter."
One is also with the city of Stuttgart "in discussion about additional measures".
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Communication from the German Environmental Aid