I live in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia(EU).

In many parts of my city, there are many times a high level of air pollution because of cars, especially in the area where I'm currently living. I don't have a car so for my daily chores I usually walk great distances to get to my destination... While I'm walking, I can smell the horrendous smell that cars are producing especially during the rush hours when many streets get blocked... My nose hurts from all the smell and I'm usually taking a longer route because of that. The air measurement station where the city air quality is measured is in a position that does not reflect the actual air quality.

So my question is:

If I provide proof that cars are violating safe air quality standards every day in many city areas... Can I then issue a lawsuit against my city for violating air quality standards?

  • Does the city own the cars? May 18 at 23:21
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    @UrošJarc you stated that, 'the city is...responsible for clean air,' which appears to be an assumption you've made, but is there something to legally base it on? Such an assertion seems like it might have ground in a national constitution or major piece of environmental legislation. May 18 at 23:49
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    I don't disagree that the city can exert influence over local air quality by enacting restrictions, but the other services you describe them as providing differ dramatically because the city cannot provide air. It is all around us. Restrictions on automobiles affect business and individuals, some of whom may may be less sensitive, or value air quality less than you do. The city answers to all residents and every action carries a price tag. May 19 at 0:03
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    It's outside the scope of this site, but there is strength in numbers so your first step might be finding like minded citizens to organize. In parallel, if your city council and mayor are democratically elected they have an obligation to answer to their constituents. Try contacting them, attend city council meetings if they are public, engage with the local media to spread the word of your initiative to clean up the air. Usually lawsuits are a last resort when other means have failed, or there is true negligence rather than a more libertarian policy. Good luck! May 19 at 0:34
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    There were law suits like this in Germany, and as far as I remember, with some success.
    – Arno
    May 19 at 9:54


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