Baden-Württemberg: The LEZ of Stuttgart delivers good results

The old diesel vehicles are being replaced, less cars are being driven and the measurement of emissions at the hotspots of Stuttgart show decreases in emissions. Transport Minister Winfried Hermann evaluates positively the effect of the LEZ: "Our air pollution control measures are effective. That's good for the health of our citizens."

According to the city's registration statistics, one fifth of the old diesel cars (passenger cars Euro 5 and older) were replaced by cleaner vehicles in 2018, and another fifth of these old diesel cars have been replaced in the first four months of 2019. "More than 8,000 vehicle owners in Stuttgart alone have left their old vehicles. It is good that many people from Stuttgart make their own contribution to clean air"emphasized Minister Hermann. In addition, there are now 3,800 electric vehicles in the largest city of Baden-Württemberg.

In the first four months of 2019, an average of 62,700 vehicles were driven daily in the streets of Stuttgart. This is around 2,000 vehicles less than in the same period of the previous year. "The decrease of 3% in traffic has positive effect on air quality, also because it imporves the fluidity of the traffic" said Minister Hermann.

At one of the measuring station located in the city of Stuttgart (i.e. Neckartor), the limit value of 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air is still clearly exceeded. However, the 59 micrograms measured in the first four months of the year are well below the 2018 annual mean of 71 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Other measuring points show a significant decrease of 6 to12 micrograms per cubic meter.

Further measures are being prepared or are being implemented - including a bus lane project in the Neckartor area.