I am standing on Neuer Pferdemarkt, Hamburg looking down the street and thinking of the effects of the German Diesel Driving Ban. This is the spot where the German Fahrverbot divides the city between newer cars, not affected by the diesel ban and those who are. To the left on to Stresemanstrasse you are welcome to drive your car if you are the lucky one not to own a diesel car, Euro 5 or older. If you have one of those banned types of cars you are only allowed to the wright on to Schulterblatt which is a housing area, highly populated residential area. All the heavy traffic with trucks and other types of diesel vehicles are directed down that street too. The immediate effect is certainly not good for those people living ST Pauli area.
Just last week the police in Berlin declared, people living in those areas where the ban is in effect, and neighboring areas, you are not allowed to park your car if it is a diesel Euro 5 or older. And if you do, they will remove it at your own expense. It seems to me that beginning next year when the Diesel Driving ban is taking a firmer grip on the German car fleet in the German city centers, the effect will be absolutely obvious for the car owners and the obstacles they are facing. In Berlin alone, more than 300.000 diesel cars, 87.000 diesel trucks and more than 2.000 buses are fueled by diesel.