Stuttgart Will Ban Most Diesels on April 1

March 28, 2019 at 3:59 PM

Stuttgart, Germany, will begin banning older-generation diesel vehicles—including those owned by its own residents—on April 1.

The city is the capitol of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, home of diesel makers Daimler and Porsche, and diesel components supplier Robert Bosch.

The ban, which was imposed by a court ruling last November after an 11-month delay, applies to diesels that meet Euro 4 or earlier emission limits. Stuttgart says it will decide this summer whether to also ban Euro 5 diesels, as it also has been ordered to do.

The regional court ordered the ban after agreeing with a lawsuit filed by environmental group DUH (Deutsche Umwelthilfe) that says banning diesels is the only way Stuttgart can meet European Union air quality limits for particulates and nitrogen oxides.