See Why Rome Is Banning Diesel Cars
Climate change is ripping the world apart and some countries are acting quickly.
The report of an environmental group, Greenpeace, has not stopped to force diesel into extinction, as more cities in Europe are adopting a ban in the use of the petroleum product.
Rome is the latest to take that decision and it is coming on Tuesday.
Diesel-engine cars will no longer be allowed into the centre of Rome starting from 2024, the Mayor of the Italian Capital, Virginia Raggi, said.
“We have to act quickly’’ against climate change, Raggi wrote on Facebook, in a message that publicised her previous day’s speech at a conference in Mexico City.
“I announced that, starting from 2024, the use of diesel cars will be banned in Rome city centre.
“If we want to act seriously, we must have the courage to take tough measures,” she added.
Raggi, who hails from the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, is taking a cue from Paris’ Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who in 2017 set the same 2024 deadline for getting rid of diesel cars.
Greenpeace has been lobbying for such measures, claiming in November that Nitrogen dioxide emissions from diesel cars are responsible for more than 17,000 premature deaths in Italy alone.
News from Rome came on the same day a German court said city-level bans on diesel cars were legal, and followed reports that Italy’s biggest carmaker, Fiat-Chrysler, will stop making diesel cars.
Until 2015, more than 50 per cent of new cars sold in Europe were diesel-powered, the dpa reports.
The technology has been discredited by a 2015 scandal over Volkswagen and other carmakers’ use of software to cheat on diesel emission tests.