Motor Head: Forget grandiose statements, let’s take small steps

Motor Head: Forget grandiose statements, let’s take small steps

Hamburg’s new measure at first looks drastic and a shot across the bow of diesel power, but in fact it’s nothing of the sort

On Thursday, May 31, a new diesel ban comes into force in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. On reading that line alone, there’s no doubt that motorists here in Ireland will continue to worry about the future of diesel power and whether they should be rapidly making a switch. And therein lies the issue with the current focus on pollution caused by diesel vehicles. This new ban is actually restricted to two specific areas of Hamburg: a 1.6-kilometre stretch of road for commercial vehicles and another 580-metre-long area for all diesel vehicles. Also, it’s not an outright ban on diesel, but a ban on diesel vehicles that don’t conform to the Euro 6 legislation introduced in 2014. So, in summary, that’s a ban on most diesel vehicles from before 2014 on two small stretches of the city’s roads.

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