Denmark will kick out polluting vehicles from big cities in 2020
The measures include the cities of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg
- August 16, 2019 09:30
- Monika Dimitrova
The Danish government proposal suggests that polluting trucks, buses and vans will be banned from several big cities in Denmark starting the summer of 2020, as so-called environmental zones become more stringent. This means that older versions of the vehicles will not have access to the zones in Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, Aarhus, Odense and Aalborg unless they have particle filters mounted. The government estimates that the eco initiative will help reduce total emissions of soot particles generated by traffic by upwards of 25% in the cities.
The tightening of the environmental zones will be gradually implemented. Starting from 1st July 2020, trucks and buses must have been manufactured in 2009 at the earliest, and vans in 2007, if they are to be permitted to drive in the zones without a mounted particle filter. From 1st July 2022, trucks and buses must have been registered on 1st January 2014 at the earliest, and 1st January 2012 for vans. From 1st July 2025, vans must have been registered on 1st September 2016 at the earliest. Vehicles that fail to meet the standarts can not only avoid being banned from the zones by having a mounted particle filter, but also by paying the annual particle tax.
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