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(Italy) ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT: 300,000 'LIGHT' MOPEDS September 22, 2005 6:50 AM

(AGI) - Rome - More than 300,000 low-polluting mopeds, 46,000 old, high-polluting cars now running on gas or methane; 3000 public transport vehicles running on methane in highly polluted cities; electric vars and bicycles for regional, provinicial and municipal offices and utilities; about 200 cars used for car-sharing in 8 Italian cities, 26 projects to encourage mobility manager. These are the most recent anti-pollution initiatives of the Environment Ministry, presented today at the 1st national conference on sustainable mobility, 16-22 Sept. "About 30 Italian cities - said Environment Minister Altero Matteoli - have joined in the European initiative 'Going to the office without my car', with interesting proposals. We like to focus on sustainable public transport, offering an incentive to use it through special vouchers, following an agreement, to be perfected, with Rome's public transport company ATAC: a voucher that can purchase transport for an entire group of people". The ministry set up an office for corporate mobility, to study urban projects and reduce the use of private vehicles, also to help solve the traffic problem. In 2003, an MoU was signed with some regional and provincial councils, and research institutes, to test new devices to reduce polluting emissions of public transport vehicles. The testing phase has just ended now, and the Environment and Transport Ministries will now define the ways to validate these devices and promote their use by local bodies. (AGI) -
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