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Opus’ EU representative Herbert Woopen has appeared on news channel n-tv talking about the potential for remote sensing to help implement clean air policies in German cities.
Mr. Woopen was interviewed on the channel’s business news programme in a segment about how more cities are facing controls on diesel vehicles – and how they can be enforced without the need for a total ban.
Remote sensing can identify highly polluting vehicles and ensure that only those are prevented from entering cities, unless repaired or taken off the road. These targeted measures could bring air pollution below the legal limits, which would avoid the need for general diesel bans in a number of German cities. This would answer the call for proportional measures made by German politicians including North-Rhine Westphalian Minister President Armin Laschet.
Pilots possible in 2019
Pilot remote sensing devices could soon be in use. “If we have the pilot phase in 2019 during which we solve all the fundamental framework issues, we will then be immediately prepared to produce and deliver,” Woopen said.
Remote sensing roadside testing is already used in several U.S. states such as Colorado and Virginia to check and enforce vehicle emission standards and has been used in projects in several European countries.
Watch the video (in German).
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