The first highway threatens diesel driving ban
dpa/Ina Fassbender Traffic in Kurt-Schumacher Strasse in Gelsenkirchen.
In the Ruhr area there could also be a diesel driving ban on a busy motorway section. Because the diesel blocking zone in Essen would also include the A40 motorway. The passage would have to drive enormous detours.
In the procedure for the lawsuit of German environmental aid against the air pollution control plans for Essen and Gelsenkirchen, the Gelsenkirchen administrative court is considering a restricted zone for large parts of the Essen city area. The motorway 40 also leads through this zone. The air pollution from the motorway traffic can probably only be reduced by including this route into the environmental zone, said the chairman of the 8. Chamber of the court, Margit Balkenhol, on Thursday at the hearing. For Gelsenkirchen, the chamber is considering a diesel driving ban for a main road.
City should integrate the motorway into the prohibition zone
In 2017, an annual average of 50 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic meter of air was measured at the Messstation Essen-Frohnhausen, which is located directly on the busy A40. In Essen, the limit was exceeded at four other stations. At the Kurt-Schumacher-Strabe station in Gelsenkirchen, an annual average of 46 micrograms per cubic meter came together. The measurements are very controversial among experts.Judge Balkenhol said that there was no concept for reducing the air pollution from the A40. Speed limits are likely to be exhausted on the section of the motorway-strict speed limits with appropriate speed monitoring already apply in the entire area.
Cycle -long alternative routes
A blocking of the A40 forces affected commuters, but also all passing cars and vans for kilometers of alternative routes, for example via the A42. The places around Essen also have to adjust to even more alternating traffic than is already available because of the permanently overloaded A40.
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