Milan to offer free parking for car-poolers

Another move to reduce pollution in Milan.

Milan has approved a plan to incentivise car-pooling as another weapon against the atmospheric pollution plaguing the city.

Once the plan is operational the city will offer free parking for private individuals who organise groups with a common starting point and destination.

The free slots will initially be provided at the urban public transport hubs of Quarto Oggiaro, Crescenzago, Caterina da Forlì, Famagosta, Cascina Gobba, Maciachini, Molino Dorino and San Donato.  Other “blue stripe” parking slots will be decided as the plan gathers popularity.

An app is being developed for drivers to register their participation. For the first year, drivers must carry one other passenger to qualify, and for the next two of the three-year experimental period two other passengers.  Stick-on decals will be provided to help commuters recognise the cars taking part.

Motor vehicles are one of the major contributors to the pollution which regularly forces Milan to apply traffic restrictions to adhere to European anti-pollution regulations. They account for almost half of the PM10 micro-particles in the air.

The plan comes hard on the heels of an offer to subsidise the upgrading of oil-fired central heating units, as well as funding to incentivise the installation of micro-particle filters on diesel-powered vehicles.