Stuttgart to ban older diesel engined cars after court ruling

Cars queue during traffic jam on the city highway A100 at rush hour in Berlin, Germany, November 14, 2018. Picture is taken on slow shutter speed while zoomed. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Stuttgart will enforce a ban on older diesel vehicles by 2019 following a local German court ruling on Monday, the latest German city to fall into line with moves to cut pollution.

Stuttgart had appealed against an earlier ruling which sought to ban so-called euro 5 diesel vehicles from its city center by late 2019, but said on Monday it would adhere to the Baden-Wuerttemberg administrative court’s ruling.

Environmental group DUH has sued several German cities for failing to uphold European Union clean air rules, demanding they ban older diesel vehicles.

Germany’s highest administrative court ruled in February that banning diesel engined passenger cars is legally permissible. Diesel bans have now been allowed in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin.

Reporting by Ilona Wissenbach; Writing by Edward Taylor; Editing by Alexander Smith

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