Stuttgart, Germany fails to halt ban on older diesel cars

Stuttgart will enforce a ban on older diesel vehicles by 2019 following a local German court ruling, the latest German city to fall into line with moves to cut pollution.

Stuttgart had appealed against an earlier ruling that sought to ban Euro 5 diesel vehicles from its city center by late 2019 but said on Monday it would adhere to the Baden-Wuerttemberg administrative court’s ruling.

Environmental group DUH has sued several German cities for failing to uphold European Union clean air rules, demanding they ban older diesel vehicles.

Germany’s highest administrative court ruled in February that banning diesel passenger cars is legally permissible.