In a big blow for German car makers, an appeal court in Leipzig has ruled that major German cities had the power to ban polluting diesel cars. Two German provinces had appealed against bans imposed by local courts in the industrial cities of Stuttgart and Dusseldorf, but the superior federal court has now upheld the ban.

The ban will hit not only the future production of cars in Europe’s largest auto market, but will also erode the value of Germany’s 12 million diesel powered vehicles. It may also force carmakers to pay for costly upgrades.  The ruling follows petitions moved by two environmental groups, DUH and ClientEarth, seeking an end to diesel cars after it was found 70 German cities had exceeded the EU-defined tolerable limits of nitrogen oxide or NOx.”  The New Indian Express

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