“Even after the experience of the Corona lockdown, the Federal Government sees no reason to change the air quality rules on which driving bans for old diesel cars are based. This is clear from the answer to a question from the FDP Group in the Bundestag.
Although traffic had at times decreased significantly as a a force to be treated by the pandemic, the measured air pollution with toxic nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in some cities fell little or not at all. However, the rules will not be changed, it is said.
“The Federal Government concludes from the measurement data on NO2 collected by the state authorities since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic that there is no need to change the current regulations on air quality in cities,” the Federal Environment Ministry said.
It is true that nitrogen oxide levels would have to be reduced with less traffic. “However, meteorological effects can overlay the impact of this emission reduction,” it says. In the long term, “a targeted air pollution control policy is needed, short-term mitigation effects, as observed in the context of the Corona pandemic, are not sufficient”.
The FDP’s transport spokesman, Oliver Luksic, called for all driving bans to be suspended. “Although the Corona crisis calls into question the relevance of traffic to the metrics, the Ministry of the Environment is keeping an eye on it,” he said.