Beginning Monday, drivers in Milan will have to leave their vehicles at home between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., local time, for three days. The north Italian city has also introduced special all-day public transport tickets priced at $1.65.
The iconic Ferraris and Vespas will disappear from Milan roads along with all other cars, scooters and motorcycles. Milan Mayor Giuliano Pisapia has requested all the municipalities of the city to adhere to the three-day ban. Meanwhile, the administration of the Lombardy region, of which Milan is the capital, has appealed to local officials to cancel traditional fireworks displays to prevent the situation from getting worse, the Local, an Italian news website, reported.
The moves are all measures to fight growing pollution and to curb the city’s smog problem. Milan was named Europe’s most polluted city in 2008 and continues to be among the worst on the continent even today, BBC reported. Traffic in the city has been limited on various occasions in the past, with officials first trying a similar measure in 2007.
Earlier this week, in another move to combat increasing pollution, the mayor of San Vitaliano, a town outside Naples, banned the use of wood-fired pizza stoves. Under the new rules, the stoves can be brought back into use only after being fitted with special pollution filters. The ban will be in effect until March 31, 2016, and violations attract a fine of $1,130, AskMen reported, citing local newspaper Il Mattino.