- Title: German court paves way for diesel ban in Stuttgart
- Date: 28th July 2017
- Summary: STUTTGART, GERMANY (JULY 28, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF STUTTGART ADMINISTRATIVE COURT WITH HANDFUL OF PROTESTERS OUTSIDE, SUPPORTING A BAN FOR DIESEL CARS SIGN READING (German): "STUTTGART ADMINISTRATIVE COURT" VARIOUS OF JUERGEN RESCH, MANAGER ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY GROUP DUH WHICH TOOK STATE OF BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG TO COURT, SPEAKING TO REPORTERS PROTESTER HOLDING PLACARD MADE TO LOOK LIKE A GERMAN TOWN SIGN READING (German): "CAR MADNESS IS CURABLE" VARIOUS OF RESCH ENTERING COURTROOM AND SITTING DOWN VARIOUS OF EDGAR NEUMANN, SPOKESMAN BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG STATE TRANSPORT MINISTRY, ARRIVING IN COURTROOM JUDGE ENTERING JUDGE SITTING DOWN JUDGE VARIOUS OF COURTROOM ULRIKE ZEITLER, SPOKESWOMAN STUTTGART ADMINISTRATIVE COURT, WALKING TO MICROPHONES CAMERAMAN FILMING (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESWOMAN STUTTGART ADMINISTRATIVE COURT, ULRIKE ZEITLER, SAYING: "Stuttgart administrative court viewed previous measures by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg as insufficient and demanded quicker and more effective measures. An effective measure for the court is a blanket driving ban within Stuttgart's environmental zone which must come into effect from January 1, 2018 in order to respect the limit for nitrogen dioxide." GLASS CABINET WITH OFFICIAL NOTE ANNOUNCING TRIAL JUERGEN RESCH SEEN IN DISPLAY OF MOBILE PHONE FILMING HIM (SOUNDBITE) (German) MANAGER ENVIRONMENTAL LOBBY GROUP DUH, JUERGEN RESCH, SAYING: "We will not get around driving bans for diesel cars. I call on (Baden-Wuerttemberg state premier Winfried) Kretschmann to stick to his word he gave in February when he announced there would be driving bans for diesel cars in Stuttgart from the start of 2018. Those bans were now extended to all days of the year and the entire city and he must implement the ban planned at the time." RESCH HOLDING ROAD SIGN SHOWING DRIVING BAN AND READING IN GERMAN "VALID FOR DIESEL CARS" EDGAR NEUMANN WALKING TO MICROPHONES (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPOKESMAN BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG STATE TRANSPORT MINISTRY, EDGAR NEUMANN, SAYING: "The court announced a long opinion and once it is available we must carefully study it to then think about what consequences to draw." GREY-HAIRED WOMAN WEARING HAT WITH PLACARD READING IN GERMAN "CHILDREN NEED AIR!" WIDE OF THREE PROTESTERS STANDING AGAINST WALL
- Embargoed: 11th August 2017 12:46
- Keywords: emissions Stuttgart court diesel ban cars traffic
- Location: STUTTGART, GERMANY
- City: STUTTGART, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Pollution,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RMQKHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: A German court said on Friday (July 28) that driving restrictions were not legally out of proportion to cut down on air pollution, paving the way for the southwestern city of Stuttgart, the cradle of Germany's car industry, to ban diesel cars from its streets.
Presiding judge Wolfgang Kern said that safeguarding health was more important than the right to property and the general liberty of the car owners affected by the ban.
Environmental lobby group DUH had gone to court to seek a complete ban of diesel cars from Stuttgart.
The state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, where Stuttgart is located, would prefer a package of measures including improved public transportation and refitting of diesel cars to lower emissions.
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