28 March 2019

Germany is one of the first countries in Europe to introduce traffic bans on diesel-powered passenger cars and trucks. They are already in force in Hamburg, Essen and more recently also in Berlin. The attitude is worth following, but what to do for those who use diesel?ciężarówka na parkingu

From 31 May this year, the entry ban for diesel vehicles from Euro 1 to Euro 5 applies to two sections of the Altona-Nord district in Hamburg: Max-Brauer-Allee and Stresemannstraße. Drivers face a fine of 75 euros for violating the ban. A few days ago, the Gelsenkirchen Administrative Court ordered a ban on diesel vehicles also in Essen, 35 km from Dusseldorf. The restriction in Essen will apply to as many as 18 of the 50 districts.

The Administrative Court in Berlin decided to take a similar step, where the ban on diesel vehicles will apply to the 11 most frequently used road sections. By the end of March 2019, the city is to prepare appropriate legal regulations and ways to enforce them. The ban will apply from June of the following year.

The decisions of the German cities are absolutely right, after all road transport is one of the least environmentally friendly modes of transport. According to the results of the Global Carbon Atlas research, in 2014 Germany took the infamous 6th place in the ranking of the largest emitters of carbon dioxide. Only China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan were worse. Road transport is responsible for almost half of the emissions of harmful substances into the air. As a result, it is not surprising that in large agglomerations such as Berlin or Hamburg, there is a need to minimise CO2 emissions.

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Parking lots for trucks in Germany – where to park in Berlin?

There are 8 recommended parking places in Berlin where you can park with a tractor or delivery vehicle.

1. Autohof Schwanebeck at B2, 16 kilometres from the centre of Berlin. There is a toilet, a HEM petrol station, several shops.

2. Aral Tankstelle in Hönow, 18 km from the centre of Berlin. There is an Aral petrol station, toilet, McDonald’s.

3. Parking on Scheringstraße, 3 km from the centre and 4 km from streets that are already known to be subject to the traffic ban on diesel vehicles (Leipziger Straße and Friedrichstraße). The place does not have any facilities for drivers.

4. Parking places on Columbiadamm Street, about 5 km from the city centre. Parking lane along the street. Aside from a good location it has no facilities for truck drivers.

5. Parking at Nobelstraße 36, 11 kilometres from the centre of Berlin. A place for a shorter break, without any infrastructure for truck drivers.

6. Parking at national road B101, in Großbeeren, 17 km from the German capital. A small place, but with a Total Tankstelle petrol station, shop, toilet and free Wi-Fi.

7. Parking at road 96A, in Schönefeld, 27 km from Berlin. There is a Shell station, toilet, ATM, shop. There is also Hurricane Factory, a large recreation and sports centre.

8. Avus in Bezirk Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, on Halenseestraße street, a spacious parking area for trucks (160 spaces), 10 kilometres from Berlin. There is an Agip gas station, a motel with a restaurant, showers and free Wi-Fi. The parking is fenced. The place is suitable for a longer break.

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Since the 90s, the European Union has introduced a number of regulations aimed at minimising emissions of carbon dioxide and other harmful substances into the air. It was then that the emissions standard, known as the Euro standard, was introduced. Another one, called Euro 7, will be introduced in 2019. However, this is not enough for the environment. More and more cities are opting for so-called eco-zones and are blocking traffic for diesel vehicles. Penalties for breaking the regulations are quite severe, so you should always be sure where to park.