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Rome to ban diesel cars from city centre by 2024

(The Guardian, 28 Feb 2018) Mayor announces ‘strong measures’ to tackle pollution in Italy’s traffic-clogged capital.

Rome, one of Europe’s most traffic-clogged cities and home to thousands of ancient outdoor monuments threatened by pollution, plans to ban diesel cars from the centre by 2024, its mayor has said.

Virginia Raggi announced the decision on her Facebook page on Tuesday, saying: “If we want to intervene seriously, we have to have the courage to adopt strong measures”.

Her comments followed a court ruling in Germany that cities there can ban the most heavily polluting diesel cars from their streets.

About two-thirds of the 1.8m new cars sold in Italy last year were diesel, according to industry figures.

Rome has no major industries, so nearly all of the air pollution in the Italian capital is caused by motor vehicles.

The city often tries to ban older, more polluting vehicles from roads on days pollution reaches critical levels.

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The Guardian, 28 Feb 2018: Rome to ban diesel cars from city centre by 2024