Milan: from tomorrow Area C from 10 to 19.30
From tomorrow, Wednesday 24 February, Area C will be reactivated, the ZTL concerning the area within the Cerchia dei Bastioni. In consideration of the current pandemic situation, however, the municipal administration has decided to reschedule the timetables: the cameras will be on from 10 (instead of 7.30) and until 19.30, to avoid overloading of passengers on public transport lines in the time slot 8-9, currently the most stressed and at risk of saturation.
The decision was made following the common analyzes and considerations carried out with the Prefecture. The constant increase in vehicular traffic recorded in recent weeks, + 19% of car entries in the city compared to the pre-Covid period, has led to an increase in fine particles and for this reason it is considered necessary to take measures to contain congestion caused by private vehicles. always with the aim of containing the rise in levels of PM10 and NO2 which are harmful to the health of citizens, also considering the increase in external temperatures, already from Monday 22 February it is strongly recommended, when not mandatory for the measures of the Air Plan of the Padano Basin and of the Lombardy Region, the lowering of one degree of temperature in homes, workplaces, shops.
“All the measures implemented – declares the councilor for Mobility Marco Granelli – have the objective of keeping public transport safe and allowing school to be present, keeping economic and work activities active, preventing overcrowding and the risk of contagion. But these days we are also called to contain polluting emissions because the concern for health is greatest, even more so in this difficult phase of the pandemic. A double challenge that requires taking every possible measure as most Italian cities are already doing. We need to be united in this challenge, institutions, companies, citizens ”.
Vehicles of persons who must go to health facilities located within the ZTL for the administration of the anti Covid-19 vaccine are exempt from the entrance fee to Area C. The derogation and exemption is also recognized to residents within the ZTL who use the same administration at health facilities located outside the ZTL Cerchia dei Bastioni ‘Area C’. To take advantage of this derogation and exemption, it is necessary to fill in the downloadable form at the link where all the information relating to Area C is also published. It is also remembered that vehicles used by health personnel (doctors, nurses, pharmacists are exempt from paying access). , health workers) and other categories engaged in the management of the health emergency. In consideration of the pandemic situation and the unstable scenario in Lombardy, the reactivation in this form of Area C is scheduled until March 31, 2021, the date of conclusion of the environmental measures of the agreement between the regions of the Po basin. With the restart of the Area C cameras, some changes introduced with a resolution of a few weeks ago come into force.
The changes were necessary to make the regulatory system of Area C consistent with that of Area B, the limited traffic area almost as large as the whole city temporarily suspended, and with the measures launched by the Lombardy Region to contain smog. Euro 3 dual-fuel diesel-LPG and diesel-natural gas vehicles are therefore prohibited from entering Area C. New rules concern vehicles of historical interest that are up to 40 years old and equipped of Certificate of Historical Relevance that can enter Area C for a fee. New also for commercial vehicles and special vehicles. In Area C, entry is allowed for vehicles longer than 7.5 meters if electric and only on an experimental basis until 30 September 2022. Exemption from the access ban also for vehicles for specific transport and for special use powered by diesel with emission class subject to prohibition, with particulate filter or which certify the impossibility to install it or for the types of special vehicles such as mobile cranes, earthmoving vehicles or exceptional transport for which alternative engines to those powered are not yet available The cameras in Area B remain off and payment for parking is suspended in the stalls marked with blue stripes and in spaces reserved for residents (yellow stripes).
For all information relating to Area C, citizens can consult the website or contact the following number: 02.4868.4001 – (7.00-24.00 from Monday to Saturday, 8.00-17.00 Sunday and holidays). The Infopoint is open with the new hours from 10.00 to 15.30 and by appointment via the ATM app – ATM POINT section – Duomo 2 Infopoint Area B / C or the ‘Totem touch’ inside the Infopoint.