Craftsmen are working daily in the German cities and to haul gear to use their work vehicles that are in most cases fueled with diesel. Anyone can understand they need to use means of transportation to deliver equipment related to their services such as windows, home appliances, bulky pipes etc. etc. Public transport will not work for them. Mobility is part of their business model as craftsmen. It is understandable that the prospect of not being able to easily get into the inner cities, or even more serious, to exchange the vehicle fleet, can understandably not inspire an entrepreneur.
Driving bans could be threatening to exist for a number of our craft businesses. The vehicles are often an essential part of the company’s assets. Will craftsmen who, in reliance on standards-compliant products, acquired their vehicles a few years ago, must not be the ones who have to pay the bill in the wake of the VW emission scandal? A large volume of the daily business conducted to keep the cities running is carried out by vehicles fueled by diesel on which the authorities depend on and banned from their city centers. How will this end, and what can be done?