Rome to ban diesel cars by 2024
The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, announced plans to ban diesel cars in the Italian capital by 2024, saying strong measures are required if we want to intervene seriously.
Almost all air pollution is caused by cars as the city has no major industries.
The measure is intended to combat health issues and to stop damage to Rome's many ancient monuments and buildings.
Rome has already put in place other measures to improve air quality, such as bans on odd or even number plates on certain days, but those have had little success.
The announcement comes days after a German court ruled that cities in Germany are allowed to impose bans on the most polluting diesel cars. Similar bans have been announced in Milan, London and Paris.
About two-thirds of all new cars sold in Italy in 2017 were diesel-powered, as we reported earlier.
Photo: traffic around the Colosseum, Rome.