Dozens of Dutch municipalities, provinces and the central government will sign the Clean Air Agreement on Monday - a promise to improve air quality in the Netherlands. With a package of measures, they want to prevent some 5 thousand premature deaths by 2030. The government is pushing 50 million euros into the agreement, municipalities and provinces dozens of millions more, NOS reports.
The city of Arnhem will ban diesel cars produced before 2004 form the city center by January 1st, 2019 at the latest, the college of mayor and aldermen decided. This decision was met with fierce criticism from the royal Netherlands' automobile club KNAC.
"The air in the city center is too dirty", Arnhem's mobility alderman Geert Ritsema explained, according to De Gelderlander. "Residents of the city center on average live over one year shorter due to the poor air. We have to take our responsibility and act now."
Even the cleanest diesel cars currently on the roads do not meet EU emissions standards, according to field measurements performed by TNO. Not a single tested diesel car comes to being below the emission limit of 80 milligrams of nitrogen dioxide per kilometer.
Utrecht has issued 4,812 fines to motorists driving in the environmental zone in the city center with too old cars - diesel cars manufactured be for 2001.