During a meeting on climate, the mayor of Rome announced that diesel vehicles would be banned from the center of the Italian capital without giving more details.
The mayor of Rome, Virginia Raggi, no longer wants diesel vehicles on the roads of the Italian capital. The elected member of the 5-Star Movement (M5S, populist), announced on February 26, 2018 during a speech in Mexico in front of women mayors gathered at a meeting called Women4Climate that private diesel cars would be person non grata in the center of the Italian capital by 2024. Back in her city, she reiterated her words on social networks. “Rome has decided to ban the use of diesel vehicles in its historic center from 2024,” said Virginia Raggi without giving more details during her speech.
Europe is turning its back on diesel vehicles
Diesel has been declining for several years in Europe and around the world, forcing manufacturers to return massively to petrol engines and to accelerate the electrification of vehicles. On February 25, 2018, the British financial and economic newspaper Financial Times reported that the Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler (FCA) announced in June 2018 that diesel would be abandoned for the engines of its passenger cars by 2022 because of falling demand and rising costs. The next day, German justice paved the way for bans on the movement of diesel cars in cities.
In Paris, diesel vehicles manufactured before 2005 will be banned “in the first half of 2019”, said in late January 2018 the city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde. Thus, the Crit’Air 4s — diesel vehicles from 2001 to 2005 of the Euro 3 standard — will be denied access to the French capital in the year 2019. Then it will be the turn in 2022 of Crit’Air 3 — gasoline vehicles from 1997 to 2005 of the Euro 2 and 3 standards and diesel vehicles from 2006 to 2010 of the Euro 4 — to arrive at the end of diesel vehicles in Paris by 2024, added Mrs. Hidalgo.