Rome has extended its ban on diesel vehicles for another two days – Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16 – in the city’s “fascia verde” (green belt), a limited traffic zone. The restriction was first introduced on January 14.
Authorities took this step in an attempt to slow down pollution levels in the midst of a “smog emergency”. All diesel vehicles are banned from this area during the busiest hours, between 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM and 16:30 PM to 20:30 PM.
The city’s authorities declared these measures were necessary to reduce the high pollution levels that are exceeding smog limits.
Measures to face the emergency
On its website, the Municipality of Rome explained it took these steps due to persisting high pollution levels in the city, with small particles ranging between 2.5 and 10 micrometers (known as PM10). The situation was detected by the urban monitoring network and validated by the Environmental Protection Agencyof the Lazio Region.
Additionally, authorities also spoke of a “forecast of persisting critical conditions over the next days”. In light of this, private vehicles will have limited access to the “fascia verde” on Wednesday and Thursday.
The limit will affect all private diesel vehicles, which will not be able to enter Rome’s “green belt” during two specific time frames. In detail, the ordinance establishes limited access to the area during the established hours for all diesel vehicles, up to the Euro 6, which is the less polluting category.
Drivers of diesel vehicles that are caught by the police inside the restricted area may have to pay a ticket.
Qualità dell’aria, prorogato fino al 16 gennaio lo stop ai veicoli più inquinanti e a tutti i #diesel dentro la ZTL #FasciaVerde. Le centraline di monitoraggio hanno rilevato una situazione di criticità per il superamento dei livelli consentiti di PM10 https://t.co/nUoHoCHRhD pic.twitter.com/oAjYFY9eU4
— Roma (@Roma) January 15, 2020
Furthermore, the provision establishes that heating systems must be set to guarantee that a room’s temperature is not above 18°C or 17°C, according to the type of building.
These additional restrictions to the fascia verde were adopted on the base of criteria indicated in the Operative Intervention Plan. This was established by a resolution dated October 28, 2016. The measurements indicated high pollution levels, which sparked a wave of strong and persistent criticism over the following days.
#Smog: oggi si fermano anche i diesel Euro6 (dalle 7.30 alle 10.30 e dalle 16.30 alle 20.30) oltre ai consueti diesel da Euro3-4-5. Infine dalle 7.30 alle 20.30 si fermano anche le auto a benzina Euro 2 e moto e motorini Euro 0 ed Euro 1.
— Roma Mobilità (@romamobilita) January 14, 2020
A national problem
Cities throughout Italy have been forced to ban thousands of vehicles from their roads this week after days of persistent smog.
The diesel vehicle ban in Milan, up to the Euro 4, also remains in force from 08:30 AM to 18:30 PM on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Alarms were raised by high pollutions levels of PM10 particles, which may be associated with respiratory diseases, allergies, intoxication, and cancer.
The warm climate without wind has helped capture pollution. This situation has created the “smog emergency” phenomenon in many parts of Italy. In this sense, dozens of cities reported that the air quality is poorer than the average obtained in the last fortnight.
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