Fwd: [UrbanMaglev] "Italian cities ban cars as pollution soars" Reuters 2/8 (auto smog)
- An interesting piece from the Yahoo Urban Maglev list today.
UrbanMaglev is a pretty interesting group itself: it often has
discussions that overlap with our interests on CarfreeCities, but if
you join, be warned: there are several members who are touting their
own technologies, and this has led to a number of, how shall I put it,
*spirited* discussions over the past couple of weeks... There have,
however, been a number of postings quite relevant to carfree cities and
transportation over the past few days, including the one I've forwarded
to the list.
Washington DC, USA
Begin forwarded message:
> From: MagNews <clew@...>(...)
> Date: 12 February 2004 2:02:48 AM GMT-05:00
> To: UrbanMaglev@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [UrbanMaglev] "Italian cities ban cars as pollution soars"
> Reuters 2/8 (auto smog)
> Reply-To: UrbanMaglev@yahoogroups.com
> ROME, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Authorities banned traffic on Sunday from more
> than 100 towns and cities across Italy, including Rome and Milan, in
> effort to cut growing pollution levels, city officials said.
> Partial blocks on cars and lorries have already been imposed in recent
> days in many places after health departments warned that prolonged
> weather had allowed smog to build.
> With no improvement in sight, mayors decided they had to force car-mad
> Italians off the roads with a one-day ban.
> "We had no alternative," newspapers quoted Rome mayor Walter Veltroni
> as saying.
> "We now have new (pollution) limits imposed on us by the regions who
> are following European norms and the weather conditions are not
> to disperse the smog."
> All non-essential traffic was banned from the inner-Rome area from
> 10.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m (0900-1600 GMT).
> However, Environment Minister Altero Matteoli said the one-day ban
> would have little impact and said an alternative solution was to
> encourage people to scrap their old cars and scooters and buy more
> environmentally-friendly vehicles.
> "Forcing people to walk once in a while is of little use," he said in
> an interview with Il Messaggero newspaper.
> Italian cities ban cars as pollution soars
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