News on environmental zones and air pollution
The border city of Aachen has been bypassed by a diesel driving ban. However, the city has been provided with conditions, which among other things include a revision of the air pollution control plan. The Higher Administrative Court in Münster ruled that the current plan was unlawful because it had been based on false forecasts and outdated databases. In addition, the court set a "pain threshold", as it emphasized during the pronouncement of the verdict. Thus the limit values of 40 micrograms per cubic meter may not be exceeded by 10%, since otherwise a driving ban would have to take effect.