Legal enforcement for traffic law in German cities

Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung is supporting Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. in their purpose to foreclose already decided and valid verdicts.

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Environmentally unfriendly transport infrastructure
Initiation of legal steps for traffic turnaround measures
Support for the lawsuit with 10,000 euros

Deutsche Umwelthilfe e.V. is fighting for the turn of traffic law in German cities. Corresponding court decisions already have been made and are legally binding. German state and provinces are now partially refusing to implement measures according to those decisions. Affected provincial governments are Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Also the Federal Minister of Transport announced in public that he was determined to ignore the verdicts. All these circumstances force the Deutsche Umwelthilfe to take further legal action and litigate at second and third instance.

The decision against the Bavarian state government and Markus Söder was made 5 years ago. Nevertheless nothing is happening in order to protect people in Munich from exhaust values that are too high. Giant automobile groups like BMW and Audi put lots of pressure on the local politicians and thereby avoid actual implementations in traffic law that would lead to more eco-friendliness but to the disadvantage of the car companies.

Meanwhile Deutsche Umwelthilfe brought the case up to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). They are supposed to clarify if the responsible officials can be forced to comply with the law by coercive detention. Serious violation of EU law caused by the Bavarian state government was already ascertained by the authorities in Luxembourg. At the moment the Deutsche Umwelthilfe is working on litigate 39 lawsuits at last instance. The cost is tremendous and therefore Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung threw in 10.000 euros to help reaching the goals.

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