Driving directions: Umwelthilfe expects judgments in the Ruhr area

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Cologne (dpa) – After the ordinance to drive bans in Cologne and Bonn, plaintiff Deutsche Umwelthilfe expects similar judicial decisions in other cities of North Rhine-Westphalia.

In the next week, the administrative court in Gelsenkirchen will deal with a lawsuit in Essen and Gelsenkirchen.

"The situation in Essen and Gelsenkirchen is not fundamentally different from that of Cologne and Bonn – so we hope that there too, the verdict will be similar to that of Cologne," said environmental aid lawyer, Remo Klinger .

Even there, the corresponding driving bans would serve people's health. In Essen, according to the Federal Environment Agency, nitrogen dioxide pollution in 2017 averaged 50 micrograms per cubic meter, which is well above the EU limit of 40. In Gelsenkirchen the average was 46 micrograms.

The Cologne administrative court decided that Cologne and Bonn in 2019 in two phases – in April and September – must introduce driving bans. While the cathedral city has been condemned to a driving ban for older cars almost across the city, Bonn has to introduce appropriate restrictions on two roads. The competent district government announced that it would appeal.

This Thursday (November 15th), the administrative court of Gelsenkirchen wants to face the situation in Gelsenkirchen and Essen. Originally, judges should also take a closer look at the situation in Dortmund and Bochum, but the procedural path for these cities has been separated for formal legal reasons – this will be decided later. According to Umwelthilfe, there are also test dates at the Wiesbaden administrative court concerning possible driving bans in Darmstadt (21.11.) And Wiesbaden (19.12.).

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