Rome Will Say ”Arrivederci” To Diesel-Powered Vehicles By 2024

Shortly after a landmark ruling allowing German cities to ban diesel vehicles, the mayor of Rome has announced that Italy’s capital city will ban diesels from its center by 2024.

Virginia Raggi broke the news on her Facebook page, where she wrote that “Rome has decided to ban the use of private diesel vehicles from its historical center from 2024.” The announcement was made during the 2nd annual Women4Climate conference in Mexico City.

Such a decision is particularly important in the ongoing move away from diesels, as Italy is one of the countries that love diesels. As a matter of fact, roughly two-thirds of the 1.8 million new cars sold in the country last year were powered by a diesel engine.

It is reported that nearly all of Rome’s air pollution comes from various motor vehicles. In the past, the city had banned heavily-polluting vehicles from roads when pollution reached critical levels, The Guardian reports. However, such regulations are rarely enforced.

Beyond aiming to improve the health of its residents, Rome’s diesel ban will aim to protect the longevity of the city’s most famous monuments.

A study by a branch of the culture ministry last year determined that 3,600 stone monuments and 60 bronze sculptures are at risk of serious deterioration due to air pollution. The facade of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, for example, features numerous pollution-related stains.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Remember all those Euro farts who were chastizing Americans for not embracing the super duper wonderful diesel world by buying diesel cars? Looks like the yanks were more forward thinking after all.

  • Six_Tymes

    but why? they are “clean diesel”

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Lol. Enforcement will be the hardest part.
      I don’t think the collective ‘we’ have seen the effects of pollution hard core yet. The Chinese and Indians are hard hit and aren’t even banning or enforcing. I thought that river in Paris rising to the levels it did would have raised a few more eyebrows, but hey, it was a temporary thing so…

  • The ones against such decisions should use diesel-run vacuum cleaners in their homes.

  • Another sad news for diesel… I don’t get it. It’s a popular choice in Europe, and now they force to migrate it to hybrid and electric too fast.

  • Vassilis

    Beautiful city.

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