Autogas free from restrictions in Italy
In Paris, when smog alerts are announced, exactly 50% of cars are not allowed to be driven (on one day the ones with even registration numbers are banned from the streets, on the next one those with odd numbers and so on). Vehicles fueled with LPG are free to be used without limitations, however, no matter what quality of the air is. Now similar measures are being taken to tackle the smog problem elsewhere, including Italy.
In particular, the ban was active between December 29, 2016 and January 2, 2017 in certain municipalities in the Province of Florence: Bagno a Ripoli, Calenzano, Campi Bisenzio, Lastra a Signa, Scandicci, Sesto Fiorentino and Signa. The restriction applied to the most polluting vehicles, including practically all diesels, but excluded cars running on LPG autogas, CNG (compressed natural gas), as well as EVs and hybrids. Bi-fuel LPG and CNG vehicles were required to operate in gas modes when traveling in urban areas.
Authorities of Florence took additional measures to help improve air quality in the long run. Drivers have been advised to consider carpooling (riding together to limit the number of cars in use at a given time) or abandoning private cars altogether and switching to public transport. For those who have to keep their cars, converting to LPG or CNG is probably the best solution, as it allows to use one's car freely at any time. Finally gaseous fuels are being properly recognised for their environmentally-friendly properties, not just the lower price at the pump!
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