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>> A German court is ruled that the cities of Cologne and Bonn must enact a ban on diesel engines in older cars on environmental grounds or they'll be seen as flaunting federal rules on pollution limits. The cars will be banned from certain areas of the city starting in April and comes as another blow to Germany's auto industry.
Volkswagen in particular is still dealing with the fallout of its emissions scandal. Where it was revealed that the company had installed software in its diesel cars designed to hide their environmental impact. Courts have also told other German cities, including Berlin and Frankfurt, to introduce bans on older diesel cars that bring more pollution than newer models.
Other global cities have their own restrictions on diesel vehicles. But the Germans maybe the first to enforce outright bans. Local authorities are appealing the ban.