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Rome bans tourist buses from city centre

Plan aims to ease congestion, smog in the city

Recently resigned Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hasn’t been the only casualty in Rome this week, with news the Italy capital would be cracking down hard on tourist buses in the city’s historic centre.


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Sightseeing buses will be the first casualty in a plan that aims to alleviate traffic and smog in the Eternal City, with Rome councillor for transport, Linda Meleo, announcing that the city centre would become off-limits to tourist coaches.


Under the new initiative, buses will be charged higher fees for entering Rome, and will be totally excluded from the city centre, The Local reported.


Miss Meleo also said authorities would be ramping up checks on transport.


While many Romans welcome the plan, tour operators said the decision “could prove disastrous”.


According to local media, several companies argued in a joint statement that Rome's public transport service was too limited and confusing to be a viable option for visitors.


However, Meleo said the move should not be seen as "an attack on tourist organizations, which contribute an important service, but a way to regulate the industry", The Local reported.


Changes would also improve “liveability” in the capital, she said.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 7 December 2016

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