Rome has banned all diesel vehicles from its roads today for the first time in an attempt to try and combat rising pollution. It is happening as many other cities in central and northern Italy have enforced curbs to cut harmful pollution.
The ban was necessitated by the prolonged sunny weather with no rain and little wind has triggered dozens of smog alerts across the country. Rome city council banned diesel cars, vans and motorbikes during peak hours, the worst polluting vehicles were barred from the streets from dawn to dusk.
However the Italian oil companies are saying that Rome is over-reacting as the pollution levels also rose sharply in other cities like Milan, Turin, Florence and Parma forcing authorities to restrict drivers but not totally outlawing all diesel vehicles.