Andreas Radics, Executive Partner at Berylls Strategy Advisors on driving bans in European cities: “For owners of conventionally powered cars, the situation in Europe is becoming increasingly confusing, as the number of cities that have restricted or want to reduce the use of gasoline or diesel vehicles continues to grow. In Germany, for example, a driving ban is currently being considered in Frankfurt, to come into effect on July 1, 2021. If this ban comes, it will apply to diesel vehicles with Euronorms 1-5 and gasoline vehicles with Euronorms 1-2. Stuttgart, too, has already been banning diesels that do not meet at least the Euro 6 emissions standard since July 2020.
The current Berylls analysis shows that around 16 million passenger cars in Europe are affected by the restrictions and driving bans that are already in place in municipalities or are to be introduced in the short term. Yet the effectiveness of the measures has not yet been proven. During the nationwide lockdown in spring 2020, emissions of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides did not fall to the same extent as would have been expected with traffic almost at a standstill. Many driving restrictions therefore also seem like political moves, because the closure of individual streets does reduce emissions at the measuring points. However, due to the detours that have to be accepted, they can even increase the exhaust gas pollution at other points.