Oslo revives proposed ban on diesel-driven vehicles

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Higher levels of air pollution in the Norwegian capital so far this winter have prompted city politicians to revive plans to ban vehicles using diesel on days when air quality levels are lowest.

The ban would apply from 6am until 10 pm, reported newspaper Dagsavisen on Monday. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg of the Greens Party, who’s in charge of environmental and transport issues for the city, said she hopes the city doesn’t have to resort to such a ban.

She said it’s important, however, to have the option as a means of battling air pollution. She said the city has also sought permission from the state transport ministry to charge five times the normal toll for driving into Oslo on days with acute pollution.

“That would contribute towards reducing vehicular traffic considerably, and reduce the need for a diesel ban,” Berg said.

newsinenglish.no staff