This really is a significant development. The death spiral for diesel is really picking up pace. We've seen the numbers of new sales plummet, and I expect the second hand market value will too. This is a big challenge for all auto OEMs to deal with, such has been the focus on diesel development, in Germany in particular. Not (NOx) before time do we reclaim our cities from pollution, well done Hamburg. Now who is next?
Hamburg is to become the first German city to ban some diesel cars to improve air quality, setting a template for other urban centres in the country. The ban will affect about 214,000 cars, more than two-thirds of the diesel vehicles registered in Germany’s second-largest city. Authorities in the northern port city said on Wednesday some older vehicles would be barred from two of its main arteries from 31 May. “Driving limits for older diesel vehicles can now come into force as planned” thanks to a decision by a top court, the city-state’s government said.