Smog stops Milan traffic

Polluting traffic halted for 10 days.

Once again, polluting vehicles will not be allowed on the roads of Milan and most of the city’s hinterland, starting on Monday 1 February and effective for ten days.

The stop will apply from 08.30 to 18.00 for private and from 07.30 to 10.00 for commercial traffic, bringing all diesel vehicles with Euro-3 category engines (or older) to a standstill.

The measure kicked in once the level of polluting particles in the city air exceeded 50 ppmq for ten days in a row. Announcing the decision, city councillor Pierfrancesco Maran said he hoped the towns surrounding Milan would also adhere to the ban, because recent experience showed it was effective only when applied over a large area.

It comes in addition to any other regional or city bans already in effect.

At the same time, central heating plants must respect a maximum time of two hours less, reduced from 14 to 12 hours per day, and thermostats must be set down from 20 to 19°C, while shopkeepers will be encouraged not to keep their doors open.