Amsterdam, Tilburg to impose diesel engine ban
28 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam and the southern city of Tilburg plan to ban the use of vehicles with diesel engines in certain "environmental zones" on days when there is a high level of air pollution.
28 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam and the southern city of Tilburg plan to ban the use of vehicles with diesel engines in certain "environmental zones" on days when there is a high level of air pollution.
Announcing the plans in Brussels, official Henk Aalderink called on other Dutch cities to introduce similar restrictions on diesel engines.
By banning the use of highly-polluting diesel engines on very sunny days, for example, supporters of the plan hope to improve air quality.
Aalderink said traffic information services could announce when diesel vehicles are banned from entering the city. Drivers of diesel vehicles who ignore the warning would then face being fined by the police.
As a result of the diesel ban, major building and infrastructure projects - shut down for breaching European air quality regulations - could be re-started.
Aalderink is the elected official in charge of environmental policy in Gelderland Province and a spokesman for the provincial administrations in the Netherlands.
Amsterdam unveiled a range of other measures on Wednesday, including banning fuel-guzzling sports utility vehicles (SUVs), to improve air quality.
Environmental zones have already been introduced in Stockholm in Sweden and the
Noord-Rijnland-Westfalen region in Germany.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news