Wed, 16 Jan 08
Despite grim predictions of traffic chaos, there were few problems during the morning rush hour, when 20% of the cars and 38.5% of the goods vehicles entering the restricted area were obliged to pay for the privilege.
There was some confusion over which of the city’s 43 entry points were restricted to buses, and the morning traffic started much earlier than usual, as motorists tried to beat the charge’s 7.30 am start. But overall, traffic flowed smoothly, most people having purchased their ‘Ecopass’ in advance.
Edoardo Croci, the city’s traffic Chief commented: There was no congestion and no traffic jams at the entry points. Traffic in the city overall was down 31% compared to normal levels, and down around 55% in the Ecopass area.
Anyone driving a polluting car into the central area without paying the tax - up to 10 euros a day according to how ‘dirty’ the car is - will be automatically sent a 70-euro fine.
A tax dedicated to cleaning the air in
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