Italian authorities have instated a three-day car ban in Rome and Milan to curb pollution, which has hit unhealthy levels for weeks, mainly because no rain has fallen to wash away the smog. Pollution is turning out to be a very serious issue in Italy, for this the authorities in Milan are forced to ban cars from 10 am to 4 pm. The authorities had planned it very well by providing discounted unlimited public transit ticket to help get around town.
In Rome, cars with odd-numbered license plates will be banned for nine hours, while cars with even-numbered plates will face a similar restriction the next day, and cars deemed to to be environmentally friendly, such as those with hybrid engines, are exempt from the ban. Moreover, people have been instructed to set the thermostats at temperature below 64°F (18°C) as a measure to reduce pollution.
Due to increasing level of smog, use of wood and shrubs for the traditional New Year and Epiphany bonfires has been forbidden in Lucca (Tuscany), Terni (central Italy), and in Rovigo (north of Italy).