Utrecht to ban old cars from the city centre to boost air quality

Utrecht plans to ban old, more-polluting private cars from the city centre by 2015, making it the first Dutch city to take such a step, Nos television reports on Thursday.

The city plans to stop diesel cars older than eight years and petrol-driven cars older than 10 years entering the inner city as one of a number of measures to reduce air pollution.
The quality of air in the city centre is worse than the Dutch average and the measure will also help Utrecht meet EU standards, Nos says.
People who live in Utrecht will also have to abide by the new rules but will face a changeover period.
Dirty lorries have been banned from the city centre since 2007.
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