By Bardia Khajenoori
U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart
As part of the Clean Air Act, the City of Stuttgart implemented a traffic ban for all diesel vehicles with a Euro emission standard 4/IV and lower in January 2019.
The latest revision to the Stuttgart ban on certain diesel vehicles has established tighter restrictions for some areas of the city, including Bad Cannstatt—home to Robinson Barracks.
The ban establishes a “small environmental zone” covering the city center (including S-East, West, and South), Feuerbach, Zuffenhausen, and Bad Cannstatt, and bans diesel vehicles with an emissions rating of Euro 5 or lower from driving into it.
Vaihingen and Möhringen, home to Patch Barracks and Kelley Barracks, respectively, are not part of the smaller zone, though they remain subject to the larger environmental zone’s exclusion of Euro 4 and lower.
Panzer Kaserne and Stuttgart Army Airfield are not located within either.
While the new rules officially came into force on July 1, the Stuttgarter Zeitung and SWR have reported that enforcement will not take place until street signs indicating the change have been emplaced in approximately 160 locations, which is expected to continue through September. Violators will be subject to fines.