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Rome’s Mayor Announces Diesel Car Ban Amidst Worst Winter Storm In Years

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Tim Pearce Energy Reporter

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi is banning diesel-powered vehicles from the city center by 2024 in an attempt to cut down on vehicle pollution within the city, The Guardian reports.

Rome has attempted for years to limit vehicle traffic through regulations, such as banning old, less-efficient vehicles during critical days or alternately allowing cars with odd and even number plates. None of the approaches to regulation have worked as the rules are poorly enforced and most people work around or ignore them, according to The Guardian.

Instead of regulating the problem, the city government has opted to ban it completely to protect vulnerable historical sites from weather events.

“As a huge city, Rome is on the front line tackling climate change,” Raggi said, addressing the Women4Climate conference Tuesday. “The risk of careless politics is before our very eyes, I would say: snow storms, fire, floods, abnormally heavy rainfall, heatwaves and … polluted air.”

Rome is currently dealing with one of the worst winter storms the city has experienced in years. Winds out of Siberia brought cold weather to most of Europe and the first snow that has fallen in Rome for six years.

The Italian Army was called in to help clear roads and restore air, street and rail transportation that were all affected by the snowstorm.

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