The Greens have been accused in the debate about particulate matter and nitrogen oxide limits of Ministers of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU) chumminess with the auto industry.

“It is the task of the Federal government to act on precaution for the protection of all citizens,” said group chief Katrin Göring-Eckardt of the Newspapers of the Funke media group. Scheuer pursue a different course: “It provides the company with the car industry before the protection of the health of the people.” Nitrogen oxides are harmful – particularly for children, Pregnant women and seniors: “The science says very clearly.”

The Green-Chairman Anna Lena Baerbock called the debate more than irritating: “Will the Union actually, the scientific basis of the world health organization in question?” The Minister of transport seem to not just want to the facts to adjust, if the reality can fit into the stuff.

Scheuer had welcomed the Initiative of more than a hundred lung doctors, the applicable particulate matter and nitrogen oxide limits. On the Basis of these limits, it is Diesel in the next few months-driving bans in a number of cities. In Hamburg there is such a ban already.

The Federal government is pursuing, according to a statement from a spokesperson for the current scientific debate on the limits of “attention”. The “image”newspaper (Friday) he said at the same time, the government supports the municipalities in the EU-wide limit to: “We want to ensure clean air and at the same time, driving bans, as far as possible avoided.”

the President of The employers Association of total metal, Rainer dulger pointed out, called for a halt in the nitrogen oxide limits: “If even lung specialists keep the limit in traffic for too low, needs to be promptly a new decision. The Federal government must insist on the in Brussels immediately,” said dulger pointed out. Previously, the economic Council of the CDU had demanded a Moratorium on driving bans. Scheuer wants to limit discussion, according to his Ministry in the EU.

dpa