Rome Completely Bans Diesel Vehicles

Oil companies accuse the City Council of abuse.

The ancient city is suffering from smog and the authorities have taken a drastic step to address this problem by introducing radically strict restrictions on diesel transport. The ban covers about a million vehicles in the Italian capital.

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The authorities of Rome plan to completely close the city for the movement of cars producing harmful emissions, primarily diesel ones, until 2024. So far, the restriction applies depending on the day of the week and time of day. So, diesel cars, minibuses, trucks and buses are not allowed to move around the streets of Rome during rush hours on Tuesdays, and cars with a particularly high level of polluting emissions are prohibited from driving during the day. According to the authorities, the restriction will affect more than a million vehicles.

In Italy, the permissible limit for fine particle pollution (PM10) is 50 micrograms per cubic meter. The air quality above this level is considered to be potentially hazardous to health. Some areas of Rome have exceeded the limits for 10 of the last 12 days. The level of pollution, due to special climatic conditions, has also increased sharply in other Italian cities, including Milan, Turin, Florence, Piacenza, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Modena. Local authorities in these cities are also taking urgent action and imposing restrictions on drivers.

However, Rome has become the only city that banned all diesel vehicles, which caused a wave of protest from the association of oil companies.

This seems to be an absolutely unjustified decision from a scientific point of view, which does not provide an environmental advantage and therefore unreasonably harms a wide range of citizens

the association said in a statement. In contrast, they are opposed by the eco-group Legambiente, which accuses the authorities of Rome of delaying the decision:

The City Council bans diesel vehicles only after 10 days of poisoned air

activists say.

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