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Germany’s second-largest city has ended months of speculation by formally announcing that it will prohibit old diesel cars from the city as part of its progressive strategy to improve the city’s carbon footprint.

The ban on older diesel vehicles will begin from selected urban areas and represents the country’s first diesel driving ban. Officials in Hamburg confirmed that it will prevent cars and trucks from driving on its selected roads and avenues if the vehicle fails to meet at least the Euro-6 emission standards. Vehicles compliant with Euro-6 standards went on sale in 2014.

The decision has been accelerated following a court’s decision in February which opened the door to municipal restrictions on where diesel cars can operate. In addition to the court ruling, Germany has come under increasing pressure from the EU and other member states for failing to meet environmental targets on nitrogen oxide and particulate matter in the air. Last year more than 65 cities in Germany recorded over-the-limit NOx levels.

Germany’s administrative court in Leipzig said in February that consumers have to accept the bans.

“Such restrictions, in their intensity, do not go beyond other passage and stopping bans as justified by road law requirements, which motorists always have to reckon with and which they principally have to accept.”

Of the 15 million diesel cars in Germany, only 2.7 million are compliant with the latest Euro-6 technology. BMW, Volkswagen and PSA are already offering deals to customers wishing to switch to a petrol-powered car if they’re affected by driving bans.