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War against cars: top measures in European cities

AFP
 - 19/10/2018

The crackdown against the most polluting vehicles is afoot in Europe. A quick review of the measures, whether symbolic or more concrete, adopted by several cities to cut city centre traffic.

Hamburg: Pioneer of the "Fahrverbote"
In May, Hamburg became the first German city to partially ban some diesel cars from two major traffic roads. Berlin followed suit in early October and Stuttgart and Frankfurt are expected to also join the club in the near future.

Paris and France’s major cities: One-day utopia
The nationwide “Day without your car” campaign on the first Sunday of every month bans cars from sections of French major cities. Fifteen of France’s most polluted cities (Marseille, Lyons, Aix and Strasbourg) are committed to implementing low emission zones by 2020.

Rome: Cleaning up the Coliseum
In February, Rome announced that the city centre would be closed to privately-owned diesel cars from 2024. The city had already decided to deviate traffic from around the Coliseum to protect this iconic monument in 2013.

London: Toll system
Drivers of the most polluting cars must now pay a new tax (the toxic charge) of around €10/day to drive in the centre of London. The city has been operating a congestion charge since 2003 from Monday to Friday, exonerating electric and very low emission vehicles.

Madrid: Crackdown on older diesel vehicles
From 23 November, Madrid’s city centre will be off bounds to the most polluting vehicles (pre-2006 diesel and pre-2000 petrol engines). This crackdown, which will not extend to local residents, will apply to between 17 and 20% of vehicles registered in Madrid and is expected to cut nitrogen dioxide emissions by 40%.

Amsterdam: Stickers and bicycle policy
Driving a car has become a luxury in Amsterdam. The Dutch city now charges a yearly tax for locals to park their personal vehicle in the street as compensation for use of the public road network. It has also built huge bicycle parks near the main railway stations to encourage its citizens to give up their car.

 

 

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