Haifa 'clean air zone' plan to begin later this year

July 26, 2016 09:43

The City of Haifa officially unveiled its detailed plan “Clean Air Zone” Plan for residential areas.

The plan focuses on air pollution from vehicles by gradually banning polluting, diesel-powered vehicles from driving in residential areas with main roads. The hope is that by cutting pollution, it will slash the incidence of pollution-related disease in Haifa residents.

Starting later this year, heavyweight diesel-fueled vehicles (weighing over 3.5 tons) that were made in 2005 or earlier will be prevented from driving through the “clean air zones.” The second stage, beginning in 2017, would prevent smaller diesel vehicles made in 2006 or earlier. From 2018 until 2022, the plan calls to ban all diesel-powered vehicles, including taxis in models 2009 or older, from driving these areas.

Polluting vehicle owners would be required to install exhaust filters, offered at a subsidized price, to get permission to drive in the zones.

The city would also set up a fund to collect fines from violators, with the money going toward anti-pollution measures.

The 60-page plan was formulated through a joint effort with the Environmental Protection Ministry and Transportation Ministry.

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